A lawyer representing former mental health patients says his clients will fight for an apology over traumatic experiences received while in care.
Hundreds of patients who spent time in state psychiatric institutions from the 1940s until 1992 have told their stories to a Confidential Forum set up by the Government.
On Thursday, the Government released the final report of the forum, set up three years ago to help those in psychiatric institutions come to terms with their experiences.
The final report paints a bleak picture, detailing patients' fear, humiliation, beatings, sexual misconduct, abuse and over-medication. They talked of rape, physical and mental abuse, bullying and fear while in care.
Most were at places such as Kingseat and Cherry Farm, and had no choice over their admission or treatment.
Lawyer Roger Chapman represents more than 200 former patients. He says though the forum's role was to focus on reconciliation rather than truth, blame, or compensation, many of his clients still want the abuse properly recognised.
"They still want acknowledgement that what they say happened did happen, and they want the Government and health agencies to accept responsibility for it. Until that happens, their only choice is to continue with litigation."
Mr Chapman says the stories of abuse relayed to the forum were shocking but nothing he has not heard before.
Forum chairman Judge Patrick Mahony says there were some positive stories about the care people received, but most were bleak. He says a significant number of patients got shock treatment, without their consent.
Government holds back on apology
The Government has welcomed the report and is to extend support services to all former patients in state care during the period.
However, Health Minister Pete Hodgson says legal action limits what can be said about an apology or compensation.
Mr Hodgson says the Government acknowledges the stories of the former in- patients.