Since 2003, we have assisted 640 victims of crime to recover $11,737,187 in statutory compensation. These awards cannot take away the torment and pain inflicted on our clients, but they can go some way to helping to get the assistance they need and restart their lives.
Here are a few examples of our work this year. All names have been changed.
Olivia lives in NSW. She was sexually assaulted by her uncle between 7 and 10 years of age, had experienced family violence perpetrated by her mother, and acts of domestic violence by her ex-partner. We assisted Olivia to obtain $13,000 in statutory compensation. Olivia thanked us:
“The kindness, patience and empathy you exhibited while I was having difficulty talking about the issues at hand was exceptional. I very much appreciated your ability to be professional but also maintain the appropriate skills when dealing with sensitive issues for a person with extreme trauma and the PTSD surrounding these past incidents. I cannot thank you enough for how well you handled such sensitive topics.”
Tammy and her children were subject to serious physical and emotional abuse over a number of years by Tammy’s former partner. We assisted Tammy to secure nearly $140,000 in statutory compensation in Western Australia. Tammy wrote to us after the matter that:
“I have PTSD from the trauma I experienced, and discussing the events was extremely difficult for me… I was astounded when I read my personal statement you had prepared. It was pieced together in a perfect timeline from start to finish. The talent required to not only retain the correct information from my word vomit, but to timeline it so accurately is astounding. I don't normally write letters like this but I truly felt it was necessary, as I have never had this experience working with lawyers before”.
Melanie, a young woman from rural Victoria, had been assaulted as a child, and recently was sexually assaulted by a man who had made an offer on Snapchat to give Melanie a lift to a nearby town. She has endured complex PTSD, panic disorder and anorexia nervosa as a result of the trauma.
We helped Melanie to obtain $17,500 in financial assistance, plus ongoing counselling sessions, two 6-week art therapy drawing and painting courses, over $500 in art supplies, and $1,400 to purchase a laptop so that she can pursue nursing studies.