Compensation for Historical Institutional Abuse Survivors
An impressive £77 million has been disbursed to survivors of historical institutional abuse, according to recent disclosures.
These awards have been granted to individuals who endured abuse at institutions under the purview of the state, church, or charitable organizations in Northern Ireland in the past.
The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI) had recommended providing support and compensation to these victims, exposing instances of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse spanning from 1922 to 1995 in the homes in question.
Significant Number of Applications and Awards
As of Monday, the Executive Office of Stormont revealed that more than 4,035 applications have been received.
These applications have led to award determinations amounting to £77 million in redress. This financial assistance is aimed at alleviating the suffering experienced by survivors.
Ongoing Awareness Campaign
The next phase of the awareness campaign designed to reach victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse is about to be launched.
This phase will focus on leveraging digital media and outdoor advertising to enhance awareness of the available support, services, and compensation for those affected.
It builds upon the earlier efforts in this campaign, which included newspaper advertising, posters, social media videos issued in March, and leaflets distributed to every household in Northern Ireland in May.
Ensuring All Survivors Are Aware of Support
Patrick Gallagher, director of victims and survivors at the Executive Office, emphasized the goal of reaching all survivors who may not yet be aware of the help and support available to them.
He cited the establishment of the Historical Institutional Abuse Redress Board (Hiarb) on March 31, 2020, as a key step in providing support to victims.
Over 4,035 applications have been processed by Hiarb, resulting in award determinations totaling £77 million.
Highlighting Key Players and Providing Contact Information
The awareness campaign also shines a spotlight on the roles of Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse (Cosica) Fiona Ryan and the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS).
These organizations, along with Hiarb, play pivotal roles in supporting and assisting survivors.
The campaign also provides contact details for individuals seeking support, reinforcing the commitment to reaching all affected by historical institutional abuse.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn