Being a victim of crime can be a distressing time and often may make you feel helpless not knowing where to turn, where you can get help from or even wondering if there’s any help available at all. Thankfully, there is help available for victims of crime to get the support they need and compensation if they have suffered an injury as a result.
The following page has information for those who have been affected or knows someone who has been affected by a crime and is seeking support. If you’d rather speak with someone over the phone right away then please call 0151 242 5111 to speak confidentially with one of our experts.
What Do I Do If I’ve Been A Victim Of Crime?
As is the case with any crime whether you were affected or not is to ensure you have notified the relevant authorities – the police, an ambulance if there’s been an injury and the fire department if there are incendiary, chemicals or fires involved. Its important to make sure the crime has been investigated at the earlies possible opportunity to make sure the cause can be established, injuries looked at and justice served.
It’s important at this time to make sure to not try and get revenge or seek justice yourself, this is not a recommended route and it could end up with you committing a crime yourself – this will not help in getting support and compensation. It is advisable to not make any contact, even indirectly, with the assailant or those you believe to be responsible.
What Support Is Available?
For support following a crime contact the Victims Information Service who can help you with invaluable –
- Emotional support
- Finding somewhere safe to stay
- Finding someone to speak for you and get the help you need
Being a victim of crime, particularly if there has been physical or mental trauma can affect a person or persons much more than if they had been injured through an accident. Sometimes the victim can be left with psychological trauma that can affect a person for the rest of their lives – this is why the victim support and compensation service is so important.
Can I Get Compensation?
If you’ve been injured as a result of a crime then you could claim compensation through the criminal injuries compensation authority with the help of CICA UK. CICA UK has been set up solely to help victims of crime get the help, support and compensation they deserve following a violent crime using years of experience and knowledge when it comes to incidents of a violent nature.
How much Can I Claim?
The amount of compensation which can be awarded depends on the circumstances, extent of the injury and the effect the incident will have on the victim’s quality of life. More information on the CICA tariff can be found here.
What Do I Do Now?
If you’ve reported the crime and you are now looking to take the next step in getting support and justice it’s advisable to give us a call and speak with one of our specialists. The call will completely confidential and impartial – if you’re still unsure and just want some advice rather than commit to take action then speak with us today on 0151 242 5111. We will listen to what’s happened and advise you on what we think is the best course of action to take and whether you could be entitle to compensation. We never pressure our clients as we understand how distressing the whole situation can be.