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Claim for Victims of Domestic Violence.

Dealing with compensation claims for the victims of domestic violence requires not only knowledge skills and experience but also the right attitude and the right approach. Victims of domestic violence are very different from the victims of road traffic accidents, slips and trips et cetera the victim of domestic violence has been subject to deliberate and wilful force and injury. We understand this and The well-being of our clients is at the forefront of everything we do.

Domestic violence is a crime it is never the fault of the victim and all victims are entitled to seek compensation.

A civil claim.

In certain circumstances, it may be possible to bring a claim against the individual who assaulted you. As one cannot insure for criminal acts any civil claim needs to be brought against the individual on a personal basis with any compensation being recovered from their personal assets. This can be equity in the property, Personal savings pension et cetera

Any civil claim needs to be brought within three years of the date of the assault.

Application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

The CICA is a government-funded organisation that makes a payment for the victims of violent crime. This includes a victim of domestic violence. Awards are made based on the type of injury with different injuries have different levels of award.

Applications must be made within two years of the assault.

If you make an application to the sea ICA the person who assaulted you is not told about such nor are they required to make any contribution to the award. Payment is made purely from the government reserves and resources.

Before making an application you will need a crime reference number for this week. For this reason, you must report the matter to the police to qualify for an award. The authority has various other criteria that you will need to pass before an award can be made. An award can be refused or reduced if you have failed to cooperate with the police and any prosecution, disease reporting the matter, or have a conviction that is still active under the Rehabilitation of  Offenders Act.

You do not need legal representation when making an application to the CICA however the job is to deal with your application. Our job is to ensure that you receive the maximum level of Award. We will advise on the best way to present the medical evidence in support of your injuries (both physical and mental) as well as assist in calculating any financial loss that has arisen as a result of the assault.

If you do choose to instruct us to act on your behalf we would be able to offer To deal with your application under a conditional fee agreement ( A no-win no fee agreement) this means that if the application is not successful you do not pay for the work we have done on your behalf. If successful we would look to retain an agreed percentage of any award received to cover all legal fees.

To see how we can help get in touch with us today. There is no obligation: we can talk through the problems you’ve been having and advise as to what we can do to assist. All calls are incomplete confidentiality.

  • Call Mike Massen on 0113 224 7804. We will listen in complete confidence and give you the best advice regarding the strength of your claim and how much you may be entitled to. We will answer all your questions so that you can decide if you want to proceed with your application to the CICA. If you do; we are here for you and can help.
  • Email your contact details with as much information as you want to give us, and we will call or email you; just let us know what works best for you. Email us at info@cica-criminal-injury.co.uk
  • Pop your details in the contact box at the bottom of this page and we will get back to you for a free, confidential chat to see how we can help you.

Your claim can be dealt with on a No Win-No Fee basis so you don’t have to worry about the cost of bringing a claim.


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