Institutional Abuse

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What is Institutional Abuse?

Institutional Abuse is the mistreatment by a person in authority or with responsibility of an individual under the care of an institution or organisation.

This abuse can range from neglect and poor care to sexual and physical abuse within a care setting.

Where can Institutional Abuse occur?

  • Schools
  • Foster Homes
  • NHS (hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centres)
  • Emergency children’s placements
  • Religious organisations; churches, convents
  • Out of school activities- drama/sport club
  • Work environment

The Responsibilities of Institutions

Practitioners who work within an institution have a duty of care and professionalism to those who use the service. If you believe you are/have been abused by someone who owed a duty of care you may be entitled to compensation.

Types of Institutional Abuse

  • Depriving the individual off adequate food and drink/ starving the individual
  • Misuse of medication
  • Neglecting the individuals’ religious, ethnic and cultural needs
  • Preventing the individual off visits from family and friends
  • Physical/Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse- Blackmail
  • Failing to provide the individual with medical/personal equipment
  • Delivering a neglected, congested, unhygienic, lack/poor quality of staff in the institution
  • Inappropriate use of force
  • Failure to implement the individual’s privacy
  • Failure to protect individual from harm- e.g. not cautioning an abusive service user

How We Can Help

At P.A.Duffy & Co. Solicitors, we realise that the long-term effects which institutional abuse has on a survivor are devastating. This can lead to damaged mental, social and physical wellbeing.  It therefore important to seek the right legal advice to secure the compensation you deserve and require. We understand that this compensation will not correct the abuse you endured however it will help you afford after treatment, such as counselling, therapy sessions, a safe living environment and travelling to and from the hospital and support groups. If you or a loved one is/has experienced institutional abuse please follow the simple steps below to contact our Human Rights legal team and we will be sure to follow up on your enquiry.

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    Institutional Abuse was last modified: July 29th, 2021 by Conal McGarrity