• Catholic Clergy Abuse - General
    Catholic Clergy Abuse - General
    Dr Viv Waller has acted in claims against Catholic Clergy since 1995. Waller Legal has recovered compensation for the victims of Catholic Priests such as Frs Baker, Ridsdale, Kevin O'Donnell, D'Cruz, Gannon, Glennon, Gubbels, Frank Klep, Bernard Day & Pidoto.
  • Catholic Clergy Abuse - Melbourne Response
    Catholic Clergy Abuse - Melbourne Response
    Melbourne Response is an alternative dispute resolution process designed to provide redress to victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by priests, religious and lay persons who fall within the jurisdiction of the Melbourne Archdiocese.
  • Civil Litigation
    Civil Litigation
    Civil Litigation in the County And Supreme Courts of Victoria. In our pursuit of justice for sexual assault survivors Waller Legal has run common law cases for compensation against; Individual offenders such as family members, teachers, doctors, psychologists and religious figures;
  • Claims for Indigenous & Travel to Remote Communities
    Claims for Indigenous & Travel to Remote Communities
    If you have been the victim of a crime of violence or sexual assault then please contact our office so we may assess your application and obtain financial assistance, counselling, medical or other expenses that may help with your recovery.
  • Royal Commission & Redress Schemes
    Royal Commission & Redress Schemes
    Established in January 2013, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating how institutions like schools, churches and sporting groups responded to allegations of child sexual abuse.
  • Sentencing Act Applications
    Sentencing Act Applications
    If you have been the victim of a crime for which the offender was convicted please contact our office urgently. Any Sentencing Act Application for compensation must be made within 12 months of the date of the conviction.
  • State Ward Claims
    State Ward Claims
    Dr Viv Waller has acted for former wards of the state of Victoria since 1997 when she commenced group litigation on behalf of many former residents of the Ballarat Orphanage who were abused in care.
  • Victim of Crimes Assistance Tribunal
    Victim of Crimes Assistance Tribunal
    If you have been the victim of a crime of violence or sexual assault then please contact our office so we may assess your application and obtain financial assistance, counselling, medical or other expenses that may help with your recovery.

Royal Commission & Redress Schemes

Established in January 2013, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating how institutions like schools, churches and sporting groups responded to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Royal Commission & Redress Schemes

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Waller Legal has represented 20 survivor and related witnesses at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearings.  We are at the forefront of work for survivors of sexual abuse.

We represented Christine and Anthony Foster in Case Study 16 into the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Melbourne Response.

We represented Mr Manny Waks (and other witnesses) in Case Study 22 into Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshivah Bondi.

We represented 10 witnesses in Case Study 28 into Catholic Church Authorities in Ballarat.  We attended hearings in Ballarat, Melbourne and Sydney.

We represented former state wards in Case Study 30 into State Run Youth Training and Reception Centre’s including Turana, Winlaton and Baltara.

The Royal Commission is due to deliver its final report to the Federal government in December 2017.

If you are asked to give a statement or participate in a Royal Commission hearing it is important to seek independent legal advice before preparing and signing your statement.  The Attorney General’s office provides funding so it won’t cost you anything to be legally represented.  Please call our office on 03 9415 9999 urgently.

 

You can read more about the Royal Commission here: https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/

 

Redress Schemes – Compensation for Institutional Abuse

Waller Legal supports the work of the Royal Commission and Federal Government's announcement of a National Redress Scheme to pay compensation to survivors of institutional abuse.

While few details about the scheme are available, the key details are that:

  • The scheme will commence in 2018 and run for 10 years, with an option to extend the scheme.
  • Compensation will be capped at $150,000.00.
  • The scheme is “opt-in”, meaning that states and organisations cannot be compelled to participate in the scheme.

Participating in the scheme

It is difficult to know whether it is advisable to participate in the scheme, as few details are currently available.

It is important to have the advantage of legal advice in order to know what the best option is for you. Survivors might have a viable compensation claim that exceeds the $150,000.00 cap. 

The Royal Commission has recommended that people who have previously signed settlement agreements should be allowed to participate in the scheme.

We recommend that you register with us so that we can act promptly for you when further details of the national redress scheme become available.

Feel free to contact us on 03 9415 9999.

The Victorian Government may also establish a redress scheme for people sexually assaulted in institutional care. 

We recommend that you register with us so that we can act promptly for you when further details of the national redress scheme become available.

A media release in relation to the National Redress Scheme is available here

 

Please register now.  To register, you can call our office on 03 9415 9999 or email us at info@wallerlegal.com.au.
In pursuit of justice
Testimonials
  • I have thought of you often and the journey and the process of the last couple of years.  As a survivor you can think that every end step will be closure—arrest, guilt, sentencing, criminal case finished, civil case complete.  But there is never really an end.  Each part of the process is just a step closer to healing and closure.  You and your staff did a fab job of walking me through the civil case.

    For six months the money has sat idle in an account I can’t touch.  It feels as though if I touch it I am accepting it as silence money and once again feeling gagged.  But I am getting there.  It will be used towards a fresh start.  Hope for a more whole and healed future.  Thank you for being part of the process.

    Thank you for your professionalism, support, and persistence.

    KD
  • I feel so fortunate to have gone through this with you and your great team.

    The delicate way you approach very sensitive issues made this whole process a lot more comfortable than I would ever have imagined.  I will forever be grateful to you and your amazing team for taking my case.

    From me and all the other survivors, thank you so much.

    N,M,J
  • Dear Vivian,

    I wish to thank you for everything you have done to enable me to feel some justice has been achieved with the hope that the Catholic Church recognises it’s failings and addresses them.  In doing so, the Catholic Church can continue in the future, without public cynicism and to keep alive the central message of all religion, “to love thy neighbour as you would love yourself”.

    Essentially, this is asking us to step into another’s shoes before we judge them.  I feel that you did this for me during my conversations with me, and this made it easier for me to go through the whole process.  I also won’t forget the thoroughness and delightful manner of your staff.

    JA
  • Yes indeed, thank you Vivian for your perseverance and dedication in doing whatever you can to bring about some justice in the absence of a full ecclesiastical council/court to judge publicly those who have violated not only the natural law, but the law of God in whose name these violations have taken place.

    Kathleen
  • Thank you so much for your efforts in this matter, and your patience with my frustrations as well.

    BQ
  • I would like to thank you for acting on behalf in regards to the Christian Brothers.  Your logo “in pursuit of justice” says it all.  I didn’t know what to expect and very nearly withdrew from the whole process, but I am happy I didn’t.

    The most rewarding aspect for me was the sensitivity and warmth shown by you in relation to a very complex and emotional matter.  Also the knowledge that there are people willing to stand up on behalf of people like me has a healing effect.  I would also like to thank your staff for their warm and professional matter in this whole process.  You said to me during the phone appointment that you counted it a privilege to act for people like me.  Well Dr Waller, the privilege was all mine.  I wish you all the best in the future.

    JC
  • As a mother, I write to express my gratitude to you and your team for the support of my daughter following her sexual assault three years ago.  Although the bloke who assaulted her was not charged the dollars being awarded to her following your intervention certainly acknowledges the wrong that was done – and will I hope, help her to move on.  Thank you for the work you do.  With much gratitude and appreciation.

    PS
  • Thank you for what you did, what you said and who you are, your thoughtfulness will always be remembered with more gratitude that you could ever know.

    Cheryl
  • Again we cannot thank you enough for all your dedication and hard work over the past few years, we would not have made it without your persistence and dogged determination to get this to settlement stage, many others would have settled for less. We now have a girl who has beaten the odds, and whose self esteem has rocketed, is confident, and especially is calm!

    We wish you all good things in life, as without lawyers like yourself who will take the risk of taking on the "untouchables" we would not have kept our girl on track or most importantly, alive. The road for her is still to be traveled, but this will assist in making the journey less troubled, and we hope with time and continued therapy she will see herself as a complete person and not as a shadow of who she could be.

    You will be forever in our thoughts.

    TJ
  • Thank you so much for all of your hard work this year getting my VOCAT application together, and for the fantastic outcome. While I am still dealing with the emotional ramifications of what happened to me, I now feel like I have the means to continue rebuilding myself and my life. Thank you.

    CC
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