New rules and record keeping: Supporting redress for survivors of child abuse

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    Redress for survivors of harm, including the large number of individuals who were abused as children while in institutional care, invokes complex and contested areas of law, particularly where it involves litigation and disputes over evidence about long past events. This has already been documented in numerous inquiries and is currently being further examined in the context of the ongoing Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Ensuring appropriate legal redress for survivors of institutional abuse (and other forms of abuse) is an important imperative. However those claimants and their legal advisers currently face major challenges and obstacles in obtaining the documentary evidence necessary for the litigation process, due to shortcomings in record keeping laws and the absence of standards in the past:
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)43 - 47
    Number of pages5
    JournalAlternative Law Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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