Making an Abuse Claim

Our highly-trained team of abuse solicitors understand the difficulties you may have discussing the topic and appreciate why you may be fearful of making a claim. We strive to treat every single one of our clients with the care, respect and compassion they deserve, putting your needs first every step of the way.

Our abuse claims team understand that complete trust and confidence between ourselves and those we represent is one of the most important aspects of the support we can provide. They also have considerable experience and knowledge of the emotional and psychological impact that abuse and assault can have on those who have suffered, so we’ll ensure you feel reassured throughout the claims process.

Changes in the law have also made bringing abuse claims more straightforward, so if you’re a survivor of abuse experienced at any stage in life, you may be eligible to make an abuse compensation claim.

What does the abuse claims process involve?

Once you’ve decided to get in touch with us, our team of compassionate experts will be on hand to guide you through the process and explain how it works. We will always endeavour to work at a pace that’s suitable for you to ensure you’re as much at ease as possible as we seek to achieve justice and a satisfactory outcome on your behalf.

At the initial consultation, we will confidentially discuss the events and seek to obtain just enough details about your experience to determine whether your case is likely to proceed. We will also establish who you could seek to claim damages from, and provide you with some free advice about your case.

The next step is to explain the legal process surrounding your abuse compensation claim so that you have a realistic expectation about the most likely outcome. Once we have determined what you wish to do next, we will explain all options open to you.

You may want to use civil law to hold your abuser to account, uncover answers about what happened and seek an apology. You may wish to do the same if an individual or organisation abused your trust to facilitate the abuse you suffered.

If you want to seek compensation for the wrong you’ve suffered, we will gather evidence to support your claim and build the strongest case possible. If necessary, we will gather medical evidence to confirm the nature and extent of the physical or psychological injuries that you suffered from as a result of the abuse.

Do I qualify for an abuse claim?

If you’ve been a victim of any form of abuse – whether that’s physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse or otherwise – then you can bring these allegations forward to us. Provided you are comfortable discussing the finer details of your experience, we can engage in a conversation around building an abuse claim around the type or types of abuse you experienced.

We’d encourage anyone considering an abuse compensation claim to get in touch so we can support you and provide expert advice of how to proceed. Time limits do apply to abuse claims, but you may still be able to claim compensation for historical abuse from earlier points in your life. You can arrange a free consultation with one of our specialist abuse claims solicitors, or you can fill out an online claims form if you would prefer for your initial assessment to be conducted at a distance.

What time limits apply to making an abuse claim?

Historically, claims needed to be made within 2 years of the crime or within 2 years from the date when the incident was first reported to the police. If you were under 18 at the time of the abuse, you have until your 20th birthday to start a claim.

For claims brought in the courts for child abuse, generally speaking a claim needs to be made within 3 years of the child’s 18th birthday. However, there are exceptions to that rule which we can advise you about.

For instance, due to the highly-sensitive nature surrounding cases of abuse, it is now possible to launch a case even if the offence was carried out many years ago. Depending on the circumstances, exceptions to the time limit can exceed 20 years or more for some cases.

So, whilst time limits do still apply to all claims for abuse compensation, we encourage survivors to come forward whenever they feel comfortable doing so. Taking the decision to sue an abuser can often be the first step to taking back control of your life and emotions. We promise to do all we can to support and help you in the hunt for the justice you deserve.

We are specialists in Abuse Claims

Our lawyers regularly handle sensitive cases and can offer immediate legal representation across England and Wales. When seeking compensation for victims of abuse, we do all that we can to ensure they feel safe and assured throughout the process.


If you prefer to talk face to face rather than on the phone, we will gladly meet at a place which is convenient and comfortable for you.

  • Compassionate team who understand what you are going through and can help you access specialist support services.

  • Experienced in all types of abuse claims and ensuring clients are fully compensated for their unnecessary pain and loss.

  • We campaign for greater regulation of abuse and work hard to ensure the victims of are properly represented.