Abuse Survivors Blog

Former Institutional Abuse Victim of Wisteria Lodge Awarded Damages

Written by Toslima Islam on 17 Oct 2017

An ever-prevalent example of institutional abuse is that which occurs in children’s homes. Children in care are especially vulnerable, requiring the highest standards of professional practice and care. Sadly, such children can sometimes be taken advantage of by those in positions of authority over themEmmott Snell have represented many individuals who’ve suffered institutional abuse at the hands of those in charge of their care, helping them get the redress they deserve.


The time limit problem in sexual abuse compensation claims

Written by Tracey Emmott on 10 Oct 2017

Last week Scotland abolished the long standing time-bar for survivors of childhood abuse to pursue civil damages. In the wake of this historic decision, another look at the time limit problem which still applies in England and Wales is timely.

The English legal system tends not to be overly sympathetic to victims of abuse with regard to the time period within which they can bring their civil compensation claim.


Four things to consider when making a Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) claim

Written by Toslima Islam

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is a government body which compensates victims of violent crime. The scheme was first introduced in 1964. Since then there have been a number of changes to the scheme. Applications made today will be dealt with under the 2012 scheme. For this reason the information provided deals with applications made pursuant to the 2012 scheme.


Psychiatric injury in personal injury claims

Written by Jacqui Morton on 26 Sep 2017

Most people associate personal injury claims with physical injuries such as broken bones, burns, lacerations, bruising or other similar injuries. This is probably because these are injuries that are easily visible and recognisable. But what about those injuries that are not so visible? Many people involved in accidents suffer psychiatric illness (sometimes referred to as nervous shock) either in addition to their physical injuries, or as a stand-alone injury.


Emmott Snell complete Bedford Legal Walk

Written by Jacqui Morton

On 21 September 2017 Emmott Snell took part (and we are pleased to say completed!) the Bedford Legal Walk, a 10km sponsored walk around Bedford. The walk started at Riverside Square and ended at the Park pub for a well deserved beverage where a raffle was held to raise further funds.  The walk was organised by the Eastern Legal Support Trust to raise money for local advice services. Emmott Snell are pleased to be supporting Bedfordshire Victim Support, and delighted to have exceeded our fund raising target of £500. Emmott Snell would like to express our thanks to all our sponsors, fellow walkers and marshals and those kind enough to donate raffle prizes. If you would like to donate to please visit our fundraising page.

Sexual consent and “positions of trust”

Written by Tracey Emmott on 20 Sep 2017

The age of consent for sex

In England and Wales the age of sexual consent is 16 for both men and women. The age of consent is the same regardless of the gender or sexual orientation of a person and whether the sexual activity is between people of the same or different gender.


Support for survivors of child abuse - the road to recovery

Written by Toslima Islam on 12 Sep 2017

Childhood sexual abuse is a traumatic experience that can have devastating consequences throughout childhood and deep into adult life. The importance of appropriate support during the time of disclosure and beyond cannot be underestimated.


What are the first steps to getting compensation for sexual abuse?

Written by Jacqui Morton on 06 Sep 2017

There can be no doubt that speaking out about being abused as a child or an adult takes incredible courage.

Considering taking legal action can be daunting and overwhelming. Many people will wonder where to start, what the process involves and whether they will be able to cope. The following is an attempt to break down the process into six simple steps.


Why does sexual abuse in the entertainment industry happen?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 01 Sep 2017

In our blog series we have focused on institutional abuse - abuse in sport, abuse in religion and abuse in the military.

The entertainment industry is another forum which has had the spotlight on it, exposing the prevalence of sexual abuse and sexual assaults. Here I look at both perpetrators and victims of institutional abuse within the seemingly glamorous world of entertainment.


Emmott Snell show support by participating in the Bedford Legal Walk

Written by Tracey Emmott on 31 Aug 2017

Emmott Snell are delighted to be taking part in the Bedford Legal Walk organised by the Eastern Legal Support Trust.

This 10km sponsored walk will raise money for local advice services who have been affected by funding cuts to allow them to continue to provide support and assistance to those that need it. Emmott Snell are supporting Bedfordshire Victim Support who provide emotional and practical help to those that have been affected by crime.