The Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme (CICA Scheme) is a government funded scheme designed to compensate blameless victims of violent crime such as sexual abuse and assault. The scheme is administered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

The current scheme applies to all those who have sent an application on or after the 27th of November 2012. CICA UK’s aim is to help victims of crime claim compensation using the CICA scheme to do so.

Use our CICA Calculator to find out how much compensation you’re eligible to receive in less than 30 seconds.

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 a crime of violence, 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 and rape. 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
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Be able to move location and leave a violent area
  • Counselling
  • Medication
  • Physiotherapy

Rules of the CICA Scheme

Although the CICA scheme aims to help as many people injured by crime as possible there are certain rules that apply which are set by Parliament. These rules are there to make sure the compensation is awarded fairly and to avoid fraudulent claims.


  • The claimant must have been a victim of a violent crime
  • The 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 the 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.

Getting help with your CICA schema application


CICA UK are here to guide you through the process of claiming compensation for your injuries through CICA. We can provide invaluable free advice with an initial consultation to discuss what has happened, what services we can provide for you and if you are wanting to apply for compensation we will also guide you through the whole process of application.

The amount of compensation depends on the severity and nature of the injuries sustained, the effect the injuries have had on your life since the incident and whether or not this has affected your life financially since the accident.

The CICA scheme uses a tariff system to calculate the amount of compensation.

Examples of CICA Payouts – Tariff Table

CICA SchemeThe CICA Scheme uses a 35 tier system split into two sections to decided the compensation amounts for the claim, the tiers are Level A1-A20 and B1-B15. The minimum amount for a successful claim on the scheme is £1,000 with the maximum being £250,000.

The scheme splits compensation amounts into two parts, part A and part B.

Part A of the CICA tariff covers injuries such as burns, paralysis, medically recognised illness, mental injury, peripheral sensory nerve damage and motor nerve damage as well as injuries to the head and neck, upper limbs, torso and lower limbs.cica-scheme-law

Part B of the criminal injuries compensation tariff covers fatal injuries, physical abuse in adults, sexual abuse, child abuse, infection as a result of sexual abuse and loss of a foetus.

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Tariff tables

Here are some examples of CICA payouts:

 Level A1 £1,000
 Level A2 £1,500
 Level A3 £1,800
 Level A4 £2,400
 Level A5 £3,500
 Level A6 £4,600
 Level A7 £6,200
 Level A8 £11,000
 Level A9 £13,500
 Level A10 £16,50
 Level A9 £13,500
Level A10 £16,500
Level A11 £19,000
Level A12 £22,000
Level A13 £27,000
Level A14 £33,000
Level A15 £44,000
Level A16 £55,000
Level A17 £82,000
Level A18 £110,000
Level A19 £175,000
Level A20 £250,000
Level B1 £1,000
Level B2 £1,500
Level B3 £2,000
Level B4 £3,300
Level B5 £4,400
Level B6 £5,500
Level B7 £6,600
Level B8 £8,200
Level B9 £11,000
Level B10 £13,500
Level B11 £16,500
Level B12 £22,000
Level B13 £27,000
Level B14 £33,000
Level B15 £44,000

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.

You can also use our compensation calculator to see your estimated award. 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.

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