The Royal Commission identified a number of serious issues in relation to the child protection policies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation. It found that the organisation does not respond adequately to reports of child sexual abuse. There has been, and remains, litigation on foot in Australia, the UK, the US and many other countries against the Jehovah's Witnesses organisation.
We are committed to holding this organisation to account by providing the support and guidance to help survivors come forward. The voices of these survivors will continue to drive positive change, and will ensure that child protection policies and actions within this organisation are improved.
We are working with advocacy groups and leading practitioners in the UK and the United States to ensure that we are taking a collaborative approach where possible and that we share learnings across the jurisdictions.
If you've been affected by abuse within the Jehovah's Witnesses, please contact the Shine Lawyers Abuse Team.
Shine Lawyers’ Abuse Law Team specialises in providing legal advice and guidance to survivors of abuse, standing as a voice for clients and helping them gain access to justice and acknowledgement for the harm they have suffered.
Collectively, our team possesses over 105 years of experience in in this area of law. We work with survivors to determine their rights and deliver the outcomes that are most important to them - acknowledgement, apology and compensation.
We are highly experienced in bringing claims for individuals who were subjected to sexual abuse within a range of churches and institutions, including the Jehovah’s Witnesses. We are familiar with the organisational and legal structure, the isolating culture and their policies in relation to the reporting of abuse. This experience allows us to provide expert advice and representation.
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Common questions about Jehovah’s Witnesses Historical Abuse Claims
We understand that it takes incredible courage for a survivor of sexual abuse to stand up and take action against the perpetrators of the crime and the institution that allowed the abuse to take place, and continue. In establishing whether survivors have a viable legal claim, the following will need to be considered:
- The circumstances that caused the harm
- The evidence that is available to support the claim
- The party that caused the harm
- The impact the abuse has had on the survivor’s life
- Whether the legal time limitation period has expired
- Compensation or other redress options.
If the survivor contacts Shine, they will speak with an experienced team member who will listen to the survivor’s story and help create a statement. The evidence provided will be taken into account so that all options that are available to the client can be assessed. The lawyer will then provide guidance in relation to the best way to proceed.
All Laws across the states and territories of Australia vary and change over time. Accordingly, the process of bringing a claim will differ widely depending upon the particular circumstances of the client’s case.
The first step of the process is to engage a legal expert who has the appropriate experience in sexual or other abuse matters. Should the client decide to proceed with Shine’s Abuse Law Team, we will take the time to fully explain the legal process so that the individual’s rights are understood, and they are able to regain some control through what can be an exceptionally challenging time.
We believe that everyone has the right to stand up against injustice regardless of their financial situation. We therefore offer to work for survivors of abuse on a “no win no fee” basis. This means that a client will not pay any fees or any outlays to Shine unless and until we are successful in recovering compensation for them.
Fees will be determined by the amount of work that is required to bring the claim. We are transparent with respect to costs, capping fees for some statutory claims and undertaking work at highly competitive rates. We are also prepared to provide clients with an independent assessment of their fees.
Where you are located isn’t necessarily a barrier when it comes to obtaining the services of a lawyer. We’re experts when it comes to abuse related claims and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
It doesn’t matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office – we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.
Our compensation experts are in the following locations:
New South Wales
- Gold Coast
- Hervey Bay
- North Lakes
- Stones Corner
- Sunshine Coast
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