The CICA is short for Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and was originally set up in 1996 to help victims of violent crime gain compensation when traditional solicitors may not be able to. CICA is a government led agency funded by the Ministry of Justice. The authority is one of the largest of its kind in the world and has often been cited as being very generous of its payouts.
Why do we need the CICA?
The CICA scheme was established to help those who have been a victim of a violent crime or who have been injured because of a justified risk; such as helping a Police constable or preventing a crime. Often with violent crime, the criminal or the person(s) liable may not be identified and therefore can’t be sued in the traditional way – The CICA scheme can help tremendously with victims of such incidents.
The CICA scheme can also help with victims of historical abuse such as victims of child abuse and historical sexual abuse. Essentially, the CICA scheme can help victims when traditional lawsuits may not be able to. It has been set up solely to help victims of crime and at CICA UK we can help you make the most of it and claim the compensation you deserve.
How can the CICA scheme help me?
The CICA scheme can help victims of violent crime move on with their lives as they can achieve civil justice and financial compensation. Victims of violent crime can often suffer for long periods of time after the event, in some serious cases it can affect the rest of their lives. The CICA scheme can help reward the victims financially which can help with –
- Loss of earnings
- Property Damage
- Vehicle Repairs
- Re-constructive Surgery
- Be able to move location and leave a violent area
Am I able to claim using the CICA scheme?
For CICA UK to be able to help you claim compensation there are certain criteria that need to be met which are outlined below –
- Claimant must have been a victim of violent crime
- Claim must be made no later than 2 years from the date of the crime unless in exceptional circumstances where a claim could not be made such as psychological trauma or crime was committed when claimant was a child. If you’re unsure give us a call to discuss.
As the criminal injury compensation authority is a UK government body there are certain guidelines towards the residency status of the claimant as outlined below –
The claimant must be one of the following:
- A British citizen
- A close relative of a British citizen;
- A national member of a member state of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA);
- A person who had a right to be in the United Kingdom by virtue of being a family member of a national of a member state of the European Union or the European Economic Area;
- a national of a State party to the Council of Europe Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes ;
- a Member of the Armed Forces;
- an accompanying close relative of a member of the armed forces
For further reference to eligibility please refer to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 guide.
Next Steps – Claim your compensation
If you’ve been affected by violent crime and you think you’re eligible the next step is to give us at CICA UK a call to discuss your case. You can do this by calling 0151 242 5111 or filling out the contact form on this page and we will get back you as soon as possible. We understand how distressing it is to be affected by violent crime but rest assured we are on your side and will help you move on with you