Abuse survivors welcome compensation settlement over Retta Dixon home in Darwin

ABC News

By national Indigenous affairs reporter Bridget Brennan and Avani Dias

Compensation for years of physical and sexual abuse at a notorious home for Aboriginal children will provide relief but will never erase the trauma of what happened, former residents say.

A landmark class action will compensate 71 people around the country, who suffered horrific abuse at the Retta Dixon home in Darwin between 1947 and 1980.

Another abuse survivor, Becky Curtis, said the action was a “release” for many.

“It’s never been about the money, it’s been about (making) people accountable for what they’ve done,” she said.

Lawyers said the settlement — finalised out-of-court — was only the second of its kind in Australia.

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