CICA Claims FAQs
You may be eligible if:
- You have been injured seriously enough to qualify for at least the minimum award of £1000.
- You were injured in an act of violence in England, Scotland or Wales. The offender does not necessarily have to be convicted or charged with the crime.
- You must make your application within two years of the incident that caused your injury.
You will not be eligible if:
- You were injured before 1 August 1964.
- You have already applied for compensation for the same injury under the 2008 scheme or under any earlier scheme.
- The injury happened before 1 October 1979 and you and the person who injured you were living together at the time as members of the same family in the same household.
- The act of violence took place outside England, Scotland or Wales.
An application can also be refused or reduced because of:
- Your own behaviour before, during or after the incident in which you were injured.
- Your own criminal record.
- Any failure on your part to cooperate with the police.
- Any delay on your part in informing the police of the incident.
Any claim for compensation should be brought to the authority within 2 years of the injury.
Any claim brought outside of the 2 years will be at the discretion of the CICA. If the authority considers that there is a good reason for the delay and that it is in the interests of justice to do so, they may make an exception. Examples of this may include; injuries sustained as a child, you lack capacity in which to bring a claim and/or your English is poor.
In addition, consideration may be given to an out of time application if the injuries only became obvious some time after the initial incident.