Child abuse is a terrible crime which can cause significant damage to the abusee and scar them for the rest of their lives. Sadly, half a million children suffer abuse in the UK every year. At CICA UK we help get justice and compensation for those who are suffering child abuse presently or have suffered in the past.
Child Abuse Compensation
We have helped hundreds of clients claim compensation for the horrific experience of child abuse. Even if you’ve been abused in the past we can still help you. By claiming against the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority you can get child abuse compensation and take the first step towards rebuilding your life and moving on from the experience. We can help you get justice for what has happened and make your abuser be held accountable for the horrors they have committed. The first step to achieve this is to give CICA UK a call or fill in the form on the right. Let us help you move on with your life and get the compensation you are entitled to.
Types of child abuse
Child abuse can take many forms and it isn’t just physical. Below is a list of different types of child abuse which can be compensated:
Childhood neglect describes a situation where the parent, guardian or carer fail to meet a child’s basic needs by leaving them hungry, unclean, unsafe from harm and by leaving them unsupervised, without shelter and without proper medical attention.
Child Sexual Abuse
If a child under the age of 16 is forced or persuaded to engage in any form of sexual activity then it is child sexual abuse or rape. The abuse does not have to be confined to physical abuse as it can happen online through pictures, webcams or any other digital means.
Physical abuse is when someone deliberately hurts a child and causes injury. This can take many forms such as being struck, thrown or having objects thrown at them.
Emotional abuse is classed as emotional mistreatment. Examples of emotional abuse are public shaming or humiliation, deliberately scaring a child or by isolating and ignoring a child. Typically, emotional abuse is committed at the same time as another form of abuse such as physical abuse. Emotional abuse can have serious long term effects on a child which can continue to manifest well into adulthood.
Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the act of removing part or all of the external female genitalia. It is an extremely painful act and a crime in the UK to perform the procedure or to have it arranged by another.
What to consider
Whether you have been abused in the past or it is currently ongoing, it is an extremely difficult issue to discuss. If you have been thinking about trying to get child abuse compensation it is important to speak with the Police first and foremost. Child abuse is a serious crime and the abuser or abusers need to be brought to justice. Once you have spoken to the police and an investigation is ongoing that is when it is time to get in touch with us at CICA UK about your compensation claim.
Who are you claiming against?
Under the Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme 2012 a child abuse victim may be able to claim against the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a common route to take for those with abusers who have not been convicted or cases without concrete evidence.
How we can help
At CICA UK we are experienced child abuse compensation solicitors who understand the stress and trauma surrounding the subject and how difficult it must be to have gone through the abuse. We will listen to what has happened and keep all communications confidential.
Our clients’ needs are our primary concern and we will make sure not to add any more trauma to an already difficult situation by listening to you needs and always respecting your wishes.
Ultimately our goal is to make sure you are compensated for the appalling experience you have endured through financial means, an apology or simply by holding those responsible accountable.
Was I abused as a child?
Statistics show that around 20% of women and 10% of men are believed to have been abused at some time during childhood. This is a startling statistic to read.
Many victims forget about the experience either because the experience happened when they were too young or the memory is simply too painful and the brain has blocked it out. Others remember the abuse but have decided to do nothing about it because of various reasons such as guilt, embarrassment or to protect the abuser.
Do you think you were abused as a child? Child abuse is a serious accusation which can ruin lives – be sure to report possible child abuse to the Police at the soonest opportunity when you are sure there is a strong possibility it did happen, ideally with evidence.
It is not uncommon for victims to forget the experience of child abuse, however there can be signs of it happening in the past which can be in your medical records, school records and photographs. There may also be complaints made about inappropriate behaviour which were not followed up on which can highlight that there could have been something more sinister happening behind the scenes.
Through the passage of time evidence can be lost, however if you believe you have been a victim of child abuse it is important to take the next steps to gain closure and move on with your life.
If you feel ready to take action then please get in touch with us and tell us your story. You can do this by calling 0151 242 5111, using the contact form or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.