Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse and Sexual Assault

Slee Blackwell’s specialist abuse solicitors are nationally respected as one of the leading legal teams in the country dealing in the difficult and often traumatic area of claiming abuse compensation on behalf of people who have suffered sexual abuse, child abuse and sexual assault.

Led by child-care solicitor, Nicki Cozens, and specialist injury lawyer, Rachel Thain, our experienced team act with empathy, commitment and compassion for victims of sexual abuse, child abuse and sexual assault. We have a wealth of experience in this sensitive area. We will listen to your story with patience and treat you with respect and sensitivity.

We understand that victims of sexual abuse, child abuse and sexual assault often repress their experiences until adulthood. Sometimes victims may have been unwilling to act due to the anguish it would cause to family and friends. At Slee Blackwell, our lawyers understand how hard it is for victims of abuse to approach a solicitor, much less reveal the full details of their case to a stranger. We recognise how difficult this process can be, and we strive to make the abuse compensation process as simple and as painless as possible. We act with the utmost integrity and are committed to the belief that taking legal action to redress the injustice that has been done is part of the recovery process.

If you, or a loved one has been the victim of child abuse, sexual abuse or sexual assault and wish to seek child abuse compensation then contact our legal team for a free, no obligation discussion. We offer free over-the-phone consultations. We are also able to meet for a face-to-face chat at any of our offices throughout Devon and Somerset. It goes without saying that anything which is mentioned to us during a consultation is completely confidential.

We work very closely with support agencies and other charities assisting victims of sexual abuse. We have been successful in claiming abuse compensation for victims of child abuse, sexual assault and sexual abuse against a large number of organisations and individuals including:

  • Care homes and institutions.
  • Religious organisations, including the Catholic Church.
  • Actions against public and private schools, including boarding schools.
  • Actions against professionals who have held a position of trust.
  • Abuse within the workplace.
  • Rape and sexual abuse within the home.
  • Date rape and Criminal Injury Compensation (CICA) claims.
  • Employers
  • Hospitals

In addition to pursuing civil claims, we also make applications for criminal injury compensation to the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA).

Our lawyers are supported by a team of experts, including doctors, counsellors, psychiatrists and specialist barristers, to ensure that your abuse compensation claim has the very best support and back up.

Victims of child abuse and sexual abuse often believe that they are not entitled to abuse compensation because if the abuse happened many years earlier. This is not correct. We have been very successful obtaining justice and compensation for victims of historic abuse, often occurring decades ago.

We have a number of flexible funding options for abuse compensation claims, including our popular No Win No Fee scheme.

Our specialist team is led up by Nicki Cozens, who specialises in local authority claims, and Rachel Thain whose specialism lies in civil and CICA claims. They are both fiercely committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for victims of abuse. To learn more about the team and how they can help, please visit our dedicated abuse compensation website or contact them directly at [email protected] or [email protected] or by telephone on Freephone 0808 139 1597.


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