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The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a government funded scheme designed to compensate victims of violent crime in Great Britain.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), administers the Scheme and decides all claims.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) was set up in 1996 to provide compensation to blameless victims of crime.

Funded by the Ministry of Justice the CICA can award settlements from £1,000 up to a maximum of £500,000. The Government-run scheme aims to help people who’ve been mentally or physically injured as the result of a crime of violence.

An application can still be submitted even if no-one has been identified, caught or convicted for the crime.

Claims can only be made in England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland has its own scheme.

Under the Scheme, claims for the following can be considered:

Assault claims - for mental or physical injury following a crime of violence;

Sexual assault claims - this can be any instance where sexual contact has taken place without consent, as long as the allegations ahve been reported to the police.

loss of earnings - where you have no or limited capacity to work as the direct result of a criminal injury;

special expenses payments - these cover certain costs you may have incurred as a direct result of an incident. You can only ask us to consider special expenses if your injuries mean you have been unable to work or have been incapacitated to a similar extent for more than 28 weeks;

a fatality caused by a crime of violence including bereavement payments, payments for loss of parental services and financial dependency; and funeral payments.

You  may be able to make a claim through CICA if you were:

  • the victim of a violent crime or assault
  • not to blame in any way for the incident
  • injured when taking reasonable stpes to stop, or prevent a crime
  • psychologically damaged by seeing a loved one be a victim to a violent crime 

For a CICA claim to be lodged successfully you must:

  • Report the incident to the police
  • Obtain a police crime reference number
  • Co-operate fully throughout the investigation

Not all claims for compensation will be successful; you must be eligible under the rules of the Scheme.

Find out more about how to make an application for compensation.


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