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Compensation for domestic violence

Can I claim compensation for domestic violence?

You may be able to claim compensation for injuries caused by domestic violence, but the criminal injuries compensation authority (CICA) do not make it straightforward, as the scheme requires the victim to prove they are both blameless and that your attacker cannot benefit from any compensation award.

The domestic violence  CICA scheme

The 2012 criminal injuries compensation scheme sets out how to determine eligibility for compensation. Domestic violence is specifically referred to in the scheme, where compensation tariffs of between   £2,000 and £8,200 are payable depending on the level of physical abuse suffered. There is also a separate section for abuse suffered by children.

Do I need help bringing a domestic violence claim?

Whilst the CICA make applying for compensation fairly easy, with domestic violence and abuse claims, they look very carefully at the circumstances surrounding the incident, and look at whether the incident was isolated or part of a series of incidents. They also consider when the incident is reported and how the victim has co operated. In other words, instead of being wholly sympathetic to the victim, they are looking at whether they are able to decline a claim.

Should I contact a CICA solicitor?

An experienced CICA solicitor will be able to advise on whether or not your particular claim is likely to succeed. There is nothing worse that hoping for something, completing forms and waiting many months to be told you are not eligible to claim. So it's best to seek initial advice from a specialist solicitor, and then decide if they say you have a decent chance of winning whether you want them to act for you, or you will do it yourself.

Will I be offered a 'no win no fee' agreement?

Most CICA solicitors will offer a 'no win no fee' agreement if they believe your case will succeed. At Winston Solicitors, we offer this on domestic violence and abuse cases where legal costs of 25% of compensation are only paid on successful claims. This means you have no risk of legal costs unless you win, when the costs are paid out of compensation.

Please call 0113 320 5000 or email under no obligation to find out more about making a CICA claim.

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