Compensation levels for victims of rape and sexual assault

If you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault then you can seek an award from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority or make a civil claim against your attacker or, in some instances, their employer.

The level of compensation you may be entitled to is, to some degree, dependent on who makes the payment.

Award from the CICA

You can make an application for a financial award (compensation) to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) for both physical and psychiatric injuries, as well as for any financial losses you may have suffered. However not all financial losses are recoverable and your legal adviser will be able to tell you what can be recovered.

The CICA is a government funded organisation that makes payment to the victims of crimes of violence which includes rape and sexual assault. An award can never undo the injury and damage that may result from a sexual attack or rape, but it can help give a sense a closure and the feeling that someone has listened.

The amount of compensation paid by the CICA depends upon on the frequency and extent of any attack/abuse as well as the age of the victim (minors are classified differently to adults).

When assessing an adult, the CICA use a tariff based system for valuing claims producing the following awards:

A single incident of sexual assault without penetration and over clothing – £1000.00, whereas one incident of full penetrative rape – £11,000.00. Abuse over a longer period of time can attract an award as high as £33,000.00 with various levels in-between depending on the above mentioned factors.

Forced oral sex is now regarded as a crime of rape.

In addition, compensation can be awarded for:

  • Physical/Internal injuries
  • STD’s
  • Psychological damage (in limited cases)
  • Pregnancy resulting from the assault – there is no claim for the cost of raising any child that may result
  • Lost income if the period of absence from work exceeds 28 weeks

Making an application to CICA  can be a lengthy and complex procedure, especially in rape and sexual assault cases. Criminal Injury Claims Advice was established to give you the help you need with making an application to the CICA and our expert advice can help you claim the award you deserve.

From filling in the initial application form to advising on the award that you may be offered we are help to provide help and support.

Awards under a civil claim

Claims against individuals or employers are based on a more detailed assessment of the effects of the assault on the victim rather the one-size fits all tariff system of the CICA. This means that civil awards tend to be larger than the CICA awards.

You can claim for all lost income rather than only after the first 28 weeks as per the CICA  and recover legal costs too in a successful civil claim.

To get the help you need to bring a claim for compensation, get in touch with us today:

  • 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 on the top right 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 your claim.

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