Injured People

Action must be taken for defence force abuse victims

TGB managing partner Morry Bailes says reports of systemic abuse in the Australian Defence Force could lead to significant compensation claims for victims.

TGB’s Morry Bailes says reports of systemic abuse in the Australian Defence Force could lead to significant compensation claims for victims.

Mr Bailes, who is managing partner at Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers, said the military has a long history of alleged victimisation.

“The findings from the review into defence force abuse are certainly shocking, and bring to light many of the issues that our veteran and defence force clients have been telling us about for many years,” Mr Bailes said.

“Some victims have been exposed to degrading initiations and acts of bastardry.

“We have seen cases of physical and sexual abuse as well as bullying and harassment, and action must be taken.”

The Federal Government is considering launching a Royal Commission to investigate the issue further, but Mr Bailes said money should also be set aside for compensating the victims.

“While compensation doesn’t right the wrongs of the past, it would certainly help victims gain closure and move forward with their lives.”

There are a number of compensation options available to victims, including the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Tindall Gask Bentley represents many defence force members, past and present, including Vietnam Veterans.

This story also appeared in the Advertiser on 16/6/12

Get in Touch!

To discuss anything in this article, or if you believe you may be eligible for military compensation and would like help with your compensation claim,  please contact TGB partner Tim White. Tim is a member of the Royal Australian Airforce Reserves, and specialises in military compensation claims.

Tim and his team advise Defence Force members and veterans across Australia on their entitlement to military compensation.

If you need help securing your entitlements, register online here and we’ll contact you, or get in touch with Tim on 1800 730 842 or via twhite@tgb.com.au.