Any form of Sexual Abuse is naturally a very sensitive issue. Our sexual abuse solicitors are very experienced in this type of case, and will discuss your situation sympathetically and explain each step of the process to you along the way.

Whatever type of abuse you have suffered, you have rights, and we can bring you through the process of having your voice heard, and your rights vindicated.

Situation Assessment

If you  are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse or neglect, and you wish to explore your legal rights, our  team of experienced sexual abuse solicitors may be able to help you.

Our team have many years’ experience dealing with victims of all forms of abuse, including institutional abuse, clerical abuse, childhood sexual abuse, abuse within the family or in any other situation where abuse occurred. Our solicitors in Coleman Legal personal law area can help you through the entire legal process should you wish to proceed, and put you in touch with various organisations that are there to help.

We understand that any form of abuse is extremely distressing for the victim and their family, and we deal with each case on a personal, one-to-one basis with compassion, empathy and understanding.


Sexual Abuse Compensation Claim

Criminal Process Stages 

There are 4 main stages in the criminal process:

1. Reporting to the Gardaí. Gardai will carry on investigation and gather necessary evidence.

2. Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)  will make the final decision whether or not to prosecute the accused person based on the strength of the evidence.

3. Going to Court

4. Sentencing

**Research has found that the average length of the criminal process from reporting stage to sentencing is 33 months**

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    Important Time Frames

    The Statute of Limitations provides a general time limit in which you must normally bring your claim for sexual abuse compensation to court in civil proceedings. Generally, this limit is six years from the date of the assault in the case of adult sexual abuse compensation claims.

    However, provisions were made in the Statute of Limitations a number of years ago to take account of a person who may not have been in a position to report an assault to the gardaí – or pursue any action in respect of the abuse they experienced – for an extended period of time.

    These provisions were made in recognition that the nature of sexual abuse, and in particular the sexual abuse of a child, means that the victim is often unable to speak about the abuse for many years after an assault has taken place. Despite these provisions, courts still retain the discretion to dismiss a case on the grounds of an avoidable delay if the delay prejudices the rights of the perpetrator.

    Compensation claims for sexual abuse to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal will only be extended beyond three months from the date of a conviction in exceptional circumstances – if, for example, psychiatric evaluations were still ongoing to establish the extent of your emotional trauma and the impact that the sexual assault will have on you for the rest of your life.


      If you or someone you care about has suffered childhood sexual abuse, there are various support organisations you can contact:


      This organisation offers a voice to and support for women and men who have experienced sexual abuse and/or sexual violence and also to their family and friends. You can contact them on  

      01 662 4070

      dublin rape crisis centre

      The centre offers a confidential, 24-hour telephone helpline, 7 days a week staffed by trained counsellors who are available to listen to you and any concerns you may have in regard to issues of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse. Contact them on

      (01) 661 4911 or 1800 778 888


      As part of the Government programme to assist those persons who as children were abused in Institutions; and in co-operation with groups representing victims of abuse. Free-phone help-line: 1800 25 25 24 (if you are calling from the UK the number is: 

      0800 039 0301

      Therapy and Support for Children affected by Childhood Sexual Abuse. 


      Support for Women and Children who are victims of Domestic Abuse.

      Provide support for children who have been or are victims of childhood sexual abuse, and other areas. 

      How We Can Help ?

      Our dedicated team has collective experience of over 100 years in Sexual Abuse Law and we are ready to advise and assist you with your claim.  If you have been the victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse, please contact Diane Treanor or Johanna Ryan either by email or freephone us on 1800 844 104 for a Free Case Evaluation.

      Diane Treanor

      Senior Solicitor (Sexual Abuse Law)

      1800 844 104 (Free Phone)

      Johanna Ryan

      Solicitor (Sexual Abuse Law)

      1800 844 104 (Free Phone)


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