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Can I claim compensation if I’ve been injured in an assault?

If you’ve been a victim of a violent crime you can claim for compensation, even if your attacker cannot be identified or is found not guilty. However, you’ll need to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

The CICA is a body set up by the government to deal with claims from blameless victims who have been physically or mentally injured following a violent crime. It will examine your claim under its Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and decide whether you qualify for compensation based on certain criteria.

Who is eligible for victim compensation?

The government aims to compensate blameless victims of violent crimes or those relatives  of someone who has died in a violent crime. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority decides whether you can receive compensation and how much.

To be considered, you’ll need to:

  • be a British citizen or meet one of the other residency requirements.
  • apply for compensation within two years of the crime taking place.
  • have reported the crime to the police.
  • have fully co-operated with the police and the Criminal Justice System.
  • have suffered a physical or psychological injury serious enough to qualify for the minimum award under the scheme.

We can guide you through this process and break down the criteria set out by the CICA, so you can feel better equipped before moving forward.

You can give one of our friendly advisers a call on 0808 159 7655 from a landline or 0370 218 8668 from a mobile, or visit our contact us page for more options.

Our experts are on hand to help and guide you on anything you are unsure about. We understand that this is a difficult and challenging process, so we’re here to answer any questions and help however we can.