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Standing Against Child Abuse: Putting Victims of Crime First

The Territory Labor Government is putting victims of crime first by releasing a Civil Litigation Discussion Paper on changes that could strengthen the NT justice system.

The proposed reforms have come from the Federal Government’s Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The proposed reforms will make it easier for survivors of child sexual abuse to sue for damages by:

·       establishing a statutory duty of care requiring that relevant institutions take reasonable care to prevent the abuse of children under their care, supervision and control

·       implementing changes so that duty of care applies even in circumstances where an institution has delegated its functions or services to a third party

·       changing the law to ensure survivors seeking damages for child sexual abuse against institutions associated with a property trust will be able to sue an entity with sufficient assets to meet their claim

Under the proposed changes if an institution fails to nominate a proper defendant with sufficient assets to meet the claim, the property trust will be named as the proper defendant.

Submissions close Friday 2 November 2018. For more information go to:

Quotes Attributable to Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Natasha Fyles:

The Territory Labor Government is putting victims of crime first because Territorians want and deserve safe communities. Strengthening this legislation puts victims first.

The Royal Commission exposed shocking cases of child abuse that occurred at institutions across the nation.

It is critical that we take on-board any possible learnings to strengthen our justice systems and that we hear from our Top End and Central Australian communities on how the proposed reforms would work in a Territory context.

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