Services provided by Journey Home to Forgotten Australians
If you have suffered from sexual and/or physical abuse as a child while in a State Institution or a Church home, you may be entitled to compensation.
Laws in States and Territories differ across Australia, so the claim process can be difficult depending on the situation and location of your case. Seeking legal advice as soon as you feel able to is recommended so that you know where you stand.
There is also a National Redress Scheme which provides support (counselling, a redress payment ranging from $10,000 to $150,000 and a direct personal response from an institution) to people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse and will run for ten years from 1 July 2018. Applicants can apply directly or appoint a Redress Nominee to apply on their behalf.
Ray Leary (“Ray”) from Journey Home has appeared before Royal Commissions and Senate Inquiries and been involved in numerous matters, either as a Victim, witness or assisting other Forgotten Australians with their matter. Please read “Ray’s Story” under the heading “Ray’s Journey” and watch some of the videos to gain an understanding of Ray’s travels.
Ray can assist you should you seek compensation in any of the following ways:
Informal assessment of your claim – please note that Ray Leary has no legal qualifications and strongly recommends that a Solicitor formally assess any claim:
Information and assistance in obtaining a copy your State Ward or Home/Church file
Introduction to legal services/law firms offering a “No Win No Pay” services
Assistance in the preparation of a statement based on recollections and supported by information contained in the State Ward or Home/Church file
Assistance in arranging for witness statements
Other evidence i.e. information on homes; mentions at Royal Commissions etc
Emotional support for Claimant and family
Support to claimant and family/close ones during legal process
Act as a Nominee under the National Redress Scheme