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Crime & Abuse Compensation Claims

Helping Victims of Crime Recover Criminal Injuries Compensation

  1. Thousands of pounds recovered for victims of abuse and violence
  2. We are leading legal specialists in this specific area of law
  3. We give you the support you need to get your life back on track

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    Domestic Violence Compensation

    Nobody should have to experience violence in the home. Find out how to make domestic violence compensation claims with Criminal Injuries Helpline.

    Sexual Abuse Compensation

    Our sexual abuse solicitors are specially trained in cases just like yours, and will help you to get the compensation you deserve.

    Rape Compensation

    When you’ve suffered a traumatic experience, you may feel as though there is nowhere to turn. The team at Criminal Injuries Helpline is here to listen to you.

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    What Our Customers Say

    We’ve helped hundreds of people to get their lives back on track following a compensation claim.

    We’ve helped hundreds of people to get their lives back on track following a compensation claim.

    Based on 89 reviews.
    Sophie Setchell
    Sophie Setchell
    Natalia was amazing from start to finish! She talked me through every step! And helped where was needed, And if I had any enquiries she always got a response as soon as possible, I cannot thank them enough for everything they've done! I would definitely recommend them to people
    Rachel Curley
    Rachel Curley
    Excellent Charlie was professional, empathetic and extremely understanding regarding my case. He is an asset to this company. The team were always helpful and professional thank you
    Freindly staff and fast at their work. Very satisfied thankyou very much for all your hard work.always keeps us updated
    John Norman
    John Norman
    Pleased with the outcome and was regularly informed about updates in my case thanks

    How We Can Help

    • Recover from £1,000.00 to £500,000.00 in compensation
    • We work on a no win no fee basis with no risk to you.
    • We do everything on your behalf in a sensitive and confidential way
    • We claim directly against a scheme so the perpetrator never knows

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Find the answers to the questions people ask us when making a compensation claim.

    Who pays compensation to victims of crime?

    In cases taken on by the CICA, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority pays the settlement. The CICA outlines specific claim amounts for different kinds of abuse and injuries. However, with civil claims, the attacker pays the compensation. If the attacker has died or cannot pay the settlement, victims may still claim through the CICA.

    Who is involved or finds out if you decide to make your claim?

    The only people who will know about your assault compensation claim are the professionals who have been assigned to your case. If this is with the CICA, the people involved will be the team at the CICA, your legal representative, the police, and your doctor, where appropriate. Your attacker will not know you have made a claim unless you make a civil claim specifically against them. All cases with the CICA are kept 100% confidential.

    How long does a CICA claim take?

    Compensation claims with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority generally vary from around six months to 18 months. Every case is different depending on the type of assault and extent of your injury. When you make a claim, you’ll have two options: to file a police-report-only claim, or a claim with the police and medical report.

    If you choose the police-report-only option, your claim could be settled quicker – around six months. However, you should choose the second option if you want to claim for loss of earnings such as time off work, as these will need medical evidence.

    What is the ‘same roof abuse’ rule?

    The ‘same roof abuse’ rule applies to domestic violence claims, but has since been abolished. The CICA had a rule whereby those who were abused by attackers living in the same home could not claim for compensation. This affected anybody making claims between 1964 and 1979. Thankfully, this rule was abolished in 2012. That means that if you suffered assault in your home between these years, you can make a compensation claim today.

    What if I don’t have my Police Crime Number?

    The CICA will only take on assault claims with a valid Police Crime Number. If you’re still living in the same area, you can call 101 to speak to your local police centre and find out this number. If you’ve moved away, you can call the main county police centre, who will be able to put you through and find out your number. We can act on your behalf if you do not feel ready to do this.

    How much does it cost to make an assault compensation claim?

    You can start your assault claim through us free of charge. We’ll offer you a free consultation call to discuss your options and how to claim with the CICA. If you decide to proceed, you will only pay our 35% fee if you win your case. All cases are settled on a no win, no fee basis, and the fees come out of your total assault compensation amounts.

    What if my attacker has died or has no money?

    If you don’t know your attacker, if they have died, or if they cannot pay compensation, you can still claim through the CICA. This is a government organisation and awards compensation to assault victims based on the seriousness of the victim’s injury. You will need to claim within two years of telling the police, and should have police records and medical records where possible.

    What if there were no witnesses?

    We understand that many assault compensation claims will not have witnesses – for example if you were attacked in the street at night. In many cases, your statement alone is enough to claim through the CICA, though statements from others may help. If the attacker has been convicted, this could also strengthen your case. We will talk you through your options when you call us to start your claim for criminal assault.