Your abuser has been acquitted. What now?

Seeing your abuser acquitted in a Criminal Court is a difficult moment, but it is not the end of the road if you are seeking some kind of justice.

The Criminal Court requires prosecutors to prove their cases ‘beyond reasonable doubt’, while the Civil Court will decide things on the ‘balance of probabilities’.

In other words the Court will find in your favour if it believes ‘the abuse is more the likely to have happened than to have not’.

Perpetrators often abuse more than one person, so one way of establishing a case to find others who have suffered. Another is to find records of employers’ concerns or other criminal convictions.

Our specialist Abuse Solicitors have successfully brought a civil action against a perpetrator who was acquitted in a criminal trial. Read the full judgement here.

Bringing a successful civil claim will not only win compensation for the suffering and losses caused, but may well bring some much-needed closure.

Initial consultations are free of charge, without obligation and absolutely confidential – and we can meet you wherever you feel most comfortable, even if it is a long way from our base.

Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.


  • Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.


  • The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.

Private companies

  • Football trainers, judo teachers, dance instructors, swimming instructors, holiday activity centres, nurseries, youth clubs.

Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

  • County Councils, Borough Councils, City Councils, ILEA, cadets, navy/ army (forces).

National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

  • Hospitals, Disability care centres, children’s care providers.


  • Convicted perpetrators, acquitted perpetrators.

Children’s Homes

  • Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.

Religious Institutions

  • Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.

Foster Carers

  • Permanent carers, temporary carers

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