We represent survivors of:
- workplace sexual violence & assaults
- childhood abuse and assaults
- professional abuse and misconduct
- other instances of sexual violence, abuse or assault
The criminal justice system often does a poor job protecting the interests of survivors and holding perpetrators to account. A civil lawsuit can sometimes provide survivors with an alternative path to justice.
Unlike the criminal process, the civil litigation process is focused on the survivor, not the perpetrator. The process can allow survivors to access funding for treatment, compensation for the suffering they have endured, and even recover income that has been lost over years of coping with the fallout of an assault or abuse.
Suing a perpetrator or their enablers puts the survivor in the driver's seat. The process can be empowering for survivors as they make the justice system work for them (for a change).
But a civil lawsuit won't be the best option in every case. To ensure the process is empowering and not re-victimizing, it's important to speak with an experienced survivor litigation lawyer about the pros and cons of litigation.
Our consultations are free, supportive, and zero-pressure. The aim is to give survivors all the information they need to take charge and make their own informed decisions about what they would like to do next.
We never underestimate the emotional toll of ongoing litigation and work to resolve claims quickly and fairly without going to court when we can. But when the situation calls for it, it might be necessary to take a wrongdoer all the way to court to secure a fair outcome, and if you make the decision to take this step, we'll be with you all the way: from initial advice about whether to proceed at all, to investigating your case, to negotiating a settlement, to fighting through a trial.
Kennedy Nolan has spent his entire career helping people find practical and positive outcomes through the litigation process. An important part of his practice is supporting and advising survivors through their litigation claims, and fighting against perpetrators and their enablers to ensure fair outcomes for his clients.
Get free advice about your legal options and find out how we can fight for you - send us an email or give us a call.
Hamilton's Survivor Litigation Law Firm
Nolan, Ciarlo LLP has been helping Hamiltonians for over 100 years.
We help survivors understand their options and fight to hold perpetrators and their enablers to account.
Resources for survivors
SACHA is a feminist, non-profit, community-based organization located in Hamilton that provides supports to people who have experienced sexualized violence at any point in their lives. Visit https://sacha.ca/ to learn more about the many services they provide. SACHA also operates a 24-hour support line: 905-525-4162.
There are any number of reasons someone may want to avoid police involvement in the event of an assault. We are always understanding and supportive of the choices of survivors. If you do choose to report an incident to the police, the Hamilton Police Service has specialized procedures and supports for responding to sexual assault complaints, and provides a tool for online reporting. In case of immediate danger, please call 911.
The Ontario government provides a number of services for victims of crime, including some limited financial and other supports. You can learn more about the available programs at https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss/programs.php or by calling their 24/7 victim support line: 1-888-579-2888.