If you have been an innocent victim of a violent crime, you may be able to make a compensation claim from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

The CICA was created to compensate victims who have suffered injury directly as a result of a violent crime. The CICA also deals with claims following sexual abuse, rape and child abuse.

You cannot claim for the same injury twice, therefore you cannot receive compensation through CICA as well as through the civil claims process. If you choose to pursue a civil claim for compensation, you can still lodge an application with CICA and request that your application is stayed pending the outcome of those proceedings.

Claims to CICA are subject to strict time limits. Claims must be made within 2 years of the date of the incident or, if you were a child at the time of the incident, by your 20th birthday. CICA has a discretion to allow applications to be made out of the time limit. However, once a decision has been made it is final and cannot be appealed. Whilst CICA’s decision is final, this does not affect any civil claim.

Our 'no win, no fee' service

We will check your application for free and contact you to discuss how to proceed with your claim.
We will advise you on how best to claim the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. We will help you complete the claim form and our criminal injury lawyers will correspond with the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) on your behalf.


  1. The incident can be for any crime where injury is caused.
  2. The incident must have been reported to the police.
  3. The value of the injuries must be over £1,000.
  4. The claim must be made within two years of the incident. Except for historic sexual abuse cases where the timescales are different.
  5. The victim must not have provoked the attacker or caused the crime.
  6. The victim should not have any previous convictions or be of a dubious character (deductions of between 10% and 100% are made in respect of these factors).
  7. The compensation award will be based on a fixed tariff as set out in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Schemes of 2008 and 2012.
  8. A victim of violence in a family will receive compensation so long as the offender will not benefit from any award.

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To speak to a member of our personal injury team in relation to making a CICA claim, please contact us on 03300 536 786.

One of our expert solicitors will then advise you accordingly as to whether your claim is worth pursuing on a no win no fee basis.