Therapeutic consequences of civil actions for damages and compensation claims by victims of sexual abuse

 
Author(s)Feldthusen, Bruce, Hankivsky, Olena, and Greaves, Lorraine
Title Therapeutic consequences of civil actions for damages and compensation claims by victims of sexual abuse
Source Canadian Journal of Women & the Law; 2000, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p66-116, 51p
Date 2000
Document type Journal article
Coverage Ontario, Canada
Summary This article discusses the findings from a two-year study, which examined how victims of sexual assault experience civil litigation and compensation proceedings. The study was conducted in Ontario with subjects from three groups: those claiming compensation; claimants under the Grandview Agreement; and civil plaintiffs. The study elicited from the participants many specific suggestions for improvement that would increase the therapeutic benefits. These suggestions were set out according to the stage of the process the participant was going through. For example, before the hearing it was suggested accurate information was needed about what was required and what they could expect; and during the process it was suggested that the length of time that each process takes needs to be reduced. In the compensation package a suggestion was made to provide financial planning support for those who receive an award. The study suggested that non-monetary support and benefits, as well as benefits in kind, such as direct payments and counselling have an important role to play. There is further discussion about the therapeutic benefits of receiving lump sum awards of money.
Keywords Compensation; therapeutic consequences; civil action; sexual abuse; claims; financial goals; role of family members; role of therapists; role of lawyers; role of judges; impact of delay
Topic

Compensation; sexual assault