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Abuse Claims Farleys Solicitors LLP
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Abuse in the Military

Abuse in the Military Claims Solicitors

The intense nature of military life means that men and women serving together frequently develop intense bonds with each other, from Phase 1 all the way through to discharge. For many people, their military colleagues are their family.

The nature of these relationships means that abuse by a military colleague can be particularly devastating; assaults often feel like a betrayal, especially if the chain of command is slow to follow up.

If you or a loved one has experienced sexual abuse or assault whilst a member of the armed forces (British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force) rest assured that here at Farleys Solicitors, we understand how sensitive and exceptionally complex these cases can be. What’s more, we have all the experience, passion and expertise we need to support you through this difficult period, helping you to secure the closure you need to move forward with your life.

Our highly skilled solicitors realise the suffering caused by instances of abuse never truly goes away, but pursing a claim often helps in providing survivors of abuse with a much needed sense of closure over their past ordeals. For a free confidential chat with a member of our dedicated abuse claims teams, please don’t hesitate to call 0330 134 6430, alternatively please complete an online enquiry form.

Pursuing a Military Abuse Claim

In the past few years the number of sexual assault allegations in the military has increased significantly, with more than 200 allegations of rape by a colleague being made over the past three years. Both men and women can find themselves the targets of abuse in an institution that has managed to remain relatively closed and somewhat out of touch with modern society’s values.

Here at Farleys, we understand the extreme difficulties our clients face in coming forward and speaking openly about the abuse they have suffered. This is especially the case for military personnel; various complicating factors around military culture and environment can often put abuse survivors under particular pressure to stay silent. As a result, it’s not uncommon for them to go years or even decades before they’re able to open up about the abuse they’ve been subjected to.

If you’ve been the target of abuse in the military, you may still be eligible to pursue a compensation claim – regardless of how long ago the abuse occurred. That’s where our solicitors can help. As regionally recognised specialists, our committed team possesses the skills and experience required to navigate complex legislation on your behalf, as we work towards helping you to finally attain justice.

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Contact a Military Abuse Specialist Today

If you or a loved one have been abused whilst serving in the British armed forces it is essential you contact a solicitor who specialises in bringing sexual abuse cases against the military. Here at Farleys we endeavour to make sure all victims of abuse have the opportunity to pursue a claim and where possible pursue cases on a no win no fee basis.

To speak to a solicitor regarding your case contact a member of our abuse team today on 0330 134 6430. Alternatively please complete your details below and we will call you back.

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Military Abuse FAQ's

What are the time limits for making a military abuse claim?

Technically speaking, claims are supposed to be made within 3 years of the abuse taking place, but sometimes the courts make an exception for these types of cases because they recognise how difficult it can be for survivors to come forward, especially if they’re dealing with long-term psychological effects, or threats to their career, relationships or personal safety.

Survivors may have to deal with one or more of the following:

  • Fear of not being believed
  • Feelings of shame or guilt
  • Fear of the abuser, especially after intimidation or explicit threats of violence
  • Difficulty in articulating the nature or scale of the abuse
  • Trying to protect family or loved ones (or even the abuser themselves)
  • Feelings of powerlessness
  • Suppression of the memories of the abuse
  • Struggles with the psychological impact of the abuse

If any of this sounds like something that you or a loved one has experienced – or are currently experiencing – then we’re here to help at Farleys.

It’s not unheard of for cases to be brought (and won) years or even decades after the abuse took place. However, once you’ve made the decision to initiate proceedings, it’s best to get in touch with us as soon as you possibly can. This is because it may make it easier for us to gather crucial evidence that could make a difference to your case – evidence that might otherwise be in danger of being moved, lost or destroyed over time.

Will my confidentiality be protected?

Yes. We recognise that opening up to a stranger about your experiences can be hugely challenging, and we know how important trust is to the entire process. Therefore, we treat everything you tell us in the strictest confidence, and make sure that all documents in connection with your case are treated as classified.

If we need to contact anyone else about the progression of your case, from individual experts to organisations like the police or social services, we’ll always seek your permission in writing first.

What’s the process for making a military abuse claim?

Our process for pursuing military abuse claims can be classified into several key stages. Working progressively through these stages with you makes it easier for us to ensure that all the important steps have been covered, all evidence is properly collected and preserved, and that your welfare is protected while we assemble your case.

These key stages are as follows:

  • A free case assessment with one of our expert solicitors is the very first step we’ll go through when you get in touch with us. This enables us to find out more about the background of your case, so we can provide you with an honest assessment of your case’s chances for success. We appreciate that this can often be an incredibly hard conversation to have, so we make sure to prioritise your comfort and safety throughout.
  • Allocation to a specialist who will handle your case. Once your case has been assigned, your personal solicitor will then become your main point of contact, ensuring that any details of your case are shared on a strictly need-to-know basis.
  • Collection of evidence. This is one of the most pivotal stages, and accordingly it can be especially complex and time-consuming. If we feel it would help your case by bringing in an outside expert, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist, we will always get your express permission in writing before we do so, and you can count on us to be here to support you throughout.
  • Tally of compensation amount. Most of the abuse survivors we deal with here at Farleys tell them that money isn’t as important to them as getting a sense of justice and closure. We recognise that here at Farleys, but equally we understand the importance of getting the right settlement amount, as it can often provide you with the support you might need to properly move on with your life. Therefore, we’ll always aim to get you an amount that properly reflects the gravity of your circumstances.
  • Settling your claim. When we have all the relevant evidence to hand, we’ll then be ready to present it to the courts against the person or party responsible for your abuse. You will never have to face your abuser directly, and it’s worth us highlighting here that most cases are resolved long before they go to court – but whether or not yours is one of the very rare exceptions, you can always rely on us to be here to support you throughout.

What kind of abuse claims do Farleys cover?

Our abuse claim solicitors will be able to help you claim compensation for all forms of physical and sexual abuse, including:

  • Child abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Neglect

What compensation can I claim?

Farleys’ abuse claim solicitors can help you claim for:

  • Care requirements, present and future
  • Loss of earnings, present and future
  • Medication
  • Physical injury
  • Psychological trauma
  • Other treatment costs

How will my claim be funded?

We will advise you on funding for your claim. We are often able to bring such cases on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.

Some abuse survivors will qualify for public funding. Farleys Solicitors holds a Legal Aid franchise in five of our offices and we can advise you as to whether you will qualify.

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