What are the main effects of abuse?
Child abuse can affect victims in a variety of ways, depending on their age, the support they have from family and friends and how long ago the abuse occurred.
Young children who have been abused may suffer from bed-wetting, nightmares, a fear of being with strangers, regressive behaviour and hitting other children. Those who are older may become withdrawn, sexually promiscuous, abuse drugs and alcohol and struggle in school. As adults, victims of abuse may struggle to hold down a job and/or relationships, suffer from depression and/or anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Shockingly, 9 in 10 children who suffer abuse will go on to suffer from mental illness if they do not receive appropriate support and treatment. However, if help is obtained early enough, there is every chance that a child can go on to have a happy, positive life.
What type of treatment is available for victims of abuse?
There are many types and providers of treatment available for victims of abuse. Organisations such as the NSPCC and NAPAC offer programmes, counselling and support to survivors of all ages. NAPAC also offers a Survivors Forum, which allows victims to talk to others who have experienced similar abuse.
Often it is your local GP who can provide the best advice and guidance on where to go to seek treatment. They can refer you or your child to specially trained psychologists and/or play therapists who can provide you with the support needed to recover and move on with life.
How does IBB Claims support abuse victims during the claim’s process?
The head of our Personal Injury team, Malcolm Underhill is one of the UK’s most respected and experienced abuse claims solicitors. Malcolm makes a point of never asking victims to retell their story unless absolutely necessary. He obtains most of the information about the abuse from police reports.
Malcolm also ensures that he meets claimants in their home at a time convenient to them, especially if they are children. Compensation can help the parents of child abuse claimants fund physical or psychological therapy and counselling and as a law firm, we encourage our clients to take any help that is offered to them.
Most importantly, we believe in our clients and we listen to them. Malcolm and his team are approachable and available to their clients. Their experience means they can make clients feel comfortable and, if required, ask difficult questions in a sensitive and empathetic manner.
How long will the compensation claim process take?
Claims for historic abuse can take years, especially if there is a going to be a criminal case.
However, if the claimant is a young child, insurers are likely to provide an interim compensation payment which can help fund rehabilitation whilst the case is progressing.
Our child abuse lawyers are experienced in supporting child abuse victims and their families through the legal process. We care deeply about our clients and we will fully commit to you and your case.
Will I have to go to court?
We understand the trauma attending court can cause the victim of sexual, physical or emotional abuse, especially if you have never spoken about the incident until now. However, our vast experience and skill in alternative dispute resolution procedures such as settlement meetings with the lawyers working for those legally responsible for the abuse, means that the vast majority of the claims we bring are settled long before they get to court.
If you would like further information on the treatment available for abuse, please call our office on 0333 123 9099 to make an appointment with one of our personal injury team or complete our online form.