People and organizations that can provide help, information, and advice, to victims
The resources shown below are just a sample of what is now available. Any internet search will show many,many more.
Child Abuse Compensation Claims
Bolt Burdon Kemp’s dedicated team of solicitors specialise in cases for survivors of abuse who are seeking compensation through the courts. We represent both children and adults often traumatised by recalling events of sexual, physical or emotional abuse in their past. Acting for clients nationwide, in one-off cases and large group actions, we can also assist with applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) and advise on using local authority complaints procedures.
Many men and women who were abused as a child – either physically or sexually – go on to live normal lives and manage to put the trauma of their childhood behind them. However, it’s also possible for some people start to suffer because of earlier abuse. Memories and feelings can also resurface – perhaps triggered by something you see or hear – causing anxiety and distress.
Adult survivors of abuse
If you are an adult who was abused as a child it is possible that you may have never spoken to anyone about this. Many adults keep this a secret well into their adult life and many find that the effect upon them has had devastating consequences not only throughout their childhood but also in their adult life. You may find that you have enormous difficulty in maintaining loving and trusting relationships, you may have low sense of worth and low self esteem, you may suffer from sexual difficulties and depression. In order to try and block out the abuse and to cope you may be drinking heavily, taking drugs, self harming, suffering from eating disorders and may feel suicidal.
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Compensation for sexual assault or abuse
If you have been the victim of a sexual assault or period of sexual and/or physical abuse, either as an adult or a child you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. We understand that this type of assault and abuse can have long lasting effects on victims and can be a very distressing experience.
It is very common for victims (particularly in relation to childhood abuse), to keep what happened to themselves and many choose to come forward some time later as adults. Even if the sexual assault or abuse took place many years ago, you may still be eligible to make sexual abuse claims, either by way of a CICA application or perhaps a civil claim against an organisation you may hold accountable for your pain and suffering.
Child sexual abuse sources of help and advice
There are sources of help, advice and support available to people with concerns about child sexual abuse. These links are some of the organisations and agencies you can contact for information and is continually updated.
The Survivors Trust
Rape and sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture or social status.
Living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating. We believe that all survivors are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report.
Domestic violence has often been seen as a problem between adults. It was thought that as long as children were not in the same room and actually caught in the crossfire, they were not affected by violence between their parents. However there is growing understanding of the risks to children.
Barnardo’s knows of many children whose lives have been damaged by domestic violence. It is clear that children are not deceived by closed doors. They are acutely aware of tension in the adult world, particularly tension which leads to violence. There is growing evidence that children who live in families where there is violence between the parents can suffer serious long-term emotional effects. Even if they are not physically harmed, children may suffer lasting emotional and psychological damage as a result of witnessing violence. They may be encouraged to take part in bullying or threatening a parent, or be threatened by one parent as a way of controlling the other.
Adult survivors of Child Abuse
What is sexual abuse? Sexual abuse is any sexually related behaviour between two or more people where there is an imbalance of power. This can include adult-child, older child-younger child, adolescent-younger person, or any situation where the other person is forced to participate. It is sexually abusive when the victim is unaware of the abuse (such as being watched while bathing, using the bathroom, changing, etc.), as well as when the victim is sleeping, unconscious, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or is too young, naïve, or able to understand what is going on.
Adults abused in childhood
Advice and support from our helpline for adult survivors of child abuse and neglect
Adults who were victims of child abuse or neglect may continue to experience emotional or psychological difficulties and can contact our free helpline at any time for advice and support.
Our trained NSPCC practitioners can provide 24/7 support as well as alert them to other specialist help if needed.
Effects on adults who suffered abuse as a child
Some adults may recover from abuse or neglect in childhood, however others may experience feelings or problems such as:
depression and other mental health issues,anger, sadness or low self-esteem, substance use, disturbing thoughts, emotions and memories that cause distress or confusion, poor physical health, worrying their abuser is still in the community and has access to children or young people, struggling with parenting or relationships.
Overcoming Childhood Abuse
What is childhood abuse? Childhood abuse is generally grouped into three categories, however they can overlap:
Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse and Sexual Abuse.
Research shows that all three types of abuse can have serious consequences and the individual may experience difficulties throughout adulthood as a result.
How is Trauma Encoded?
When we experience a threat to life or safety, or we feel trapped, unable to escape or vulnerable in a situation, we can encode a trauma. How we interpret internally what is happening (our subjective emotional experience), the perceived inescapability, the event itself, what this means to us and the change to the landscape of our brain, determines the level of traumatisation.
Consequences of Childhood Trauma
The consequences of childhood abuse have a profound effect on the individual's life and how they develop as a person into adulthood and throughout.
It's not uncommon for someone to experience any of the following effects (psychological and emotional) after traumatisation:
Guilt / Shame / Self-Blame / Shock / Anger / Mood swings / Anxiety / Fear / Hopelessness / Confusion / Feeling Lost / Abandonment / Numbness / Denial