Domestic violence is the abuse of one partner within an intimate or family relationship. It is the repeated, random and habitual use of intimidation to control a partner. The abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual.
At CICA UK, we are dedicated to getting compensation for victims of domestic abuse using the CICA scheme, and achieving justice for those who have been abused.
Domestic Abuse Compensation
If you have experienced domestic abuse in any of its forms, either as isolated incidents or over prolonged periods of time, you could claim compensation with CICA UK. The money from compensation cannot undo the abuse – but it can pay for safety from your abuser, therapy or treatment to help your recovery and stability for you and your loved ones as you rebuild what you lost.
Our team of domestic abuse solicitors are experts in reaching successful resolutions in the often murky world of domestic abuse, and can guide you through the process from the beginning to the end of a claim, making everything as stress-free as possible.
Domestic abuse of any kind is a terrible breach of trust and an awful experience to be forced through; but claiming for compensation can provide you with closure and justice, and help you move on.
If you have suffered domestic abuse, don’t let it lie – contact us today and help us seek justice. Call our offices for a confidential talk about your claim using 0151 242 5111 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I Make A Claim?
Claiming compensation with the criminal injury compensation authority has a few requirements that must be met for your case to be considered – you generally have to file the claim less than two years after the incident or incidents, or less than two years after it has been reported in the case of ongoing abuse. This rule can be broken, however, if you were unable to report it or make a claim due to fear for your safety or the safety of your loved ones, or if you were incapable of reporting it for mental health reasons, as is sometimes the case with manipulative and traumatic domestic abuse.
If you reported the incident to the police, you will have to make a claim less than 2 years after the report, and if you have already attempted ot claim compensation, you cannot do so again.
What Counts As Domestic Abuse?
Physical abuse is what people generally think of when they hear “domestic abuse”. Actual physical violence, as well as being physically contained, harmed or hurt as part of the abuse. This abuse can be more than just hitting and beating the victim, but can also involve imprisoning or physically dominating the victim or causing small wounds such as cigarette burns.
Much more subtle, and much more common, emotional abuse involves using verbal attacks to damage the victim’s self-worth, sense of identity and mental health. Emotional abuse can also involve neglect, manipulation of the victim’s emotions and actions designed to upset the victim, and can have long-lasting and severe mental health effects.
Psychological abuse involves subjecting the victim to experiences which may result in psychological trauma, such as gaslighting, the process by which an abuser makes a victim doubt their own memory and thoughts, but can also include insidious tactics like making the victim believe the abuse is their fault. As it is characterised by its ability to create psychological disorders, this abuse is treated extremely seriously.
Financial abuse is a common tactic used by abusers to gain power over their victim, especially in domestic abuse situations. Generally, the abuser limits the victim’s access to money and resources, leaving them poor and powerless, and forcing them to entirely depend on the abuser.
Sexual abuse involves forcing someone to perform sexual acts on either another or themselves, against their will. It can be among the most traumatic forms of abuse, and can result in long-lasting damage to the victim’s quality of life.
Who Am I Claiming Against?
According to the Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme of 2012, a survivor of domestic abuse may make their 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 CICA Can Help
CICA UK has years of experience working with domestic abuse and domestic violence compensation solicitors, who understand the immense pain and trauma surrounding the subject and can empathise with the survivors of this horrific experience. We will listen to everything you have to say, and everything will be absolutely confidential.
Our clients are our number one priority, and we will make sure not to make an already bad situation worse by keeping everything as stress-free as possible. We will listen to you every step of the way, and respect your wishes at every stage of the process.
At the end of the day, we want justice for you, and to make sure you are compensated for the awful experience you were put through. Whether by winning you a financial compensation, bringing a formal apology or simply by holding the abuser responsible for their crimes, we promise to fight for you.
The Next Steps
If you feel like you are ready to pursue the justice you deserve, please call us, tell us your story, and we will see how we can help you. You can do this by calling 0151 242 5111, using the contact form or by sending an email to info@CICA-uk.co.uk