Eligibility for CICA compensation

Applications must be made as soon it is reasonably practicable. For adults, this should normally be no later than two years after the incident occurred.

Additional eligibility requirements include the following:

  • You must be a blameless victim of violent crime or applying on behalf of someone who has died as a result of a violent crime
  • The incident must have been reported to the police as soon as was reasonably practicable
  •  You must have been ordinarily resident in the UK on the date of the incident
  • Your behaviour must not have contributed to the incident
  • You must have cooperated with the police. It is not necessary for the person who injured you to be identified or convicted

You may be refused an award, or it may be reduced, if you have a criminal record with unspent convictions, even if you were blameless in the incident where your injuries were sustained

Criminal Injuries Compensation Eligibility Checklist:

  • You have been the victim of a violent crime or are applying on behalf of a blameless victim of a violent crime
  • You have reported the assault to the police as soon as possible
  • You have sought medical attention for your injury
  • You were living in the UK on the date of the incident
  • The incident occurred within the last two years
  • You did not cause or contribute to your injury in any way
  • You are cooperating with the police in their enquiries

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