Our specialist team of Abuse Claims Solicitors can help you make a claim for compensation if you’ve been a victim of ritual abuse.
Ritual abuse is when one or more children are abused in a highly organised way, by a group of people who’ve come together and subscribe to a belief system which, for them, justifies their actions towards that child.
It usually extends into family involvement and may have been practised as a religion or a way of life for years.
It's undeniably a hugely sensitive subject, but our expert Solicitors have lots of experience in handling cases that address difficult issues head on. We also understand the psychological impact of ritual abuse, so we’ll treat clients empathetically and only proceed at a pace they’re comfortable with.
For a free, confidential consultation get in touch with our friendly, approachable team to see how we can help you get justice and closure.
Ask us about Legal Aid or if we can deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Ritual abuse can arise out of a cult, or group of people who are led to believe that abuse is a necessary part of the particular ritual. Within the group, the abuse becomes justified, but to an outsider it’s obviously very wrong.
Examples of ritual abuse which may sound familiar include:
- Witchcraft which seems to have derived from some communities who have immigrated to England, yet persist with such behaviour towards children. The child is punished, seemingly under the instruction of a village or local “Witch Doctor”
- Female Genital Mutilation where a girl is cut as part of her initiation into adulthood and her local community.
- Satanic Abuse is used to gain ultimate control over another human being by torture of the mind, body, and spirit. It can happen at any time but is likely to coincide with a child’s birthday and on satanic holidays.
- Sexual Exploitation of young girls in several parts of the country - criminal gangs may procure children to be abused by gang members and by paying customers. We’ve seen several examples in places such as Rochdale and Rotherham.
Frequently asked questions
- Do I Need a Solicitor?
The law surrounding abuse compensation claims is extremely complex, so it’s vital you speak to a Solicitor that specialises in abuse claims.
Even before a claim goes to Court, there are many potential pitfalls and hurdles to overcome, and special procedures to follow. A Solicitor with expertise in abuse claims is ideally placed to help you navigate this legal minefield and get the best outcome for you.
Simpson Millar is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) and we subscribe to its code of conduct. That means we’ll deal with your case in the way you’d expect it to be handled, with sensitivity and skill.
- What's Involved in Claiming Compensation?
The first step is to determine exactly who to make the claim for compensation against. This could be anyone from a residential care institution, or the body that runs it, to an individual who has committed abuse in the family home.
We’ll then determine how the claim is to be funded, many claims can be dealt with on a No Win, No Fee basis, we can then start to obtain as much evidence as possible to help prove the claim and assess its value.
If it’s then appropriate to begin Court proceedings, a formal legal claim begins in Court. In most abuse cases, there’s no need to go to a final trial and many compensation claims can be settled out of Court.
If it does proceed to trial, the person bringing the case may have to give evidence as a witness, but if this does happen, your Solicitor and a Barrister will provide advice and support at every stage.
- How Much Compensation Will I Get?
The exact amount of compensation depends on many factors such as how much has the abuse affected your life? How much money have you lost or likely to lose as a consequence of the abuse? Will you need extra support in the future?
That’s why in most cases we ask a medical expert to prepare a report detailing the harm inflicted, so we can value your claim and give you a good idea of how much compensation you can expect to receive.
Rest assured, we’ll do all we can to get you the maximum amount of compensation available to you.
- Why Claim Compensation?
Bringing legal action can’t wipe away the suffering you or a loved one has experienced, but there are lots of other reasons why it’s worth claiming compensation:
- For many, it’s the only recognition that what happened to them was wrong
- Legal action helps survivors accept that what happened to them wasn’t their fault
- Solicitors can aid the survivor’s recovery process, as the first people to hear and validate their experiences
- Compensation can help survivors get appropriate treatment, such as counselling, and rebuild their lives
- Public bodies have an incentive to follow correct procedures and act responsibly
- Speaking out on abuse can encourage Parliament to change the law
- Bringing legal action can ensure other people don’t have to suffer in the same way as you
- Compensation can recover money you would have received if not for the abuse
- How Will I Pay?
There are generally four options for paying for legal costs:
- Public Funding (Legal Aid)
- No Win, No Fee arrangements
- Legal Expenses Insurance
- Private Funding
Solicitors make charges based on an hourly rate. The overall cost of your case will depend on how much work is required, and a complex case will cost more than a straightforward case.
Most child abuse cases are complex, as they can involve investigations of records and events dating back many years. This can make child abuse cases very expensive to bring to Court.
Abuse cases will also usually include fees from experts including Psychiatrists, Doctors, Barristers and sometimes other specialists.
The legal system requires the losing party in an abuse case to pay the winning party’s legal costs.
Public Funding (Legal Aid) is currently available for child abuse claims where the person bringing the claim is financially eligible and where the case has legal merit.
If a person doesn’t qualify for Legal Aid, the Solicitor will consider whether it’s appropriate to enter into a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) or what is often called a No Win, No Fee agreement. It’s essential that you fully understand the terms of the agreement before committing to it, so you know exactly what expenses you could have to pay.
When entering into a No Win, No Fee agreement, it may also be a good idea to take out an After the Event insurance policy in case you end up having to pay the opponent’s costs.
Finally, you have the option of paying the Solicitor privately as the case proceeds.
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