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  • To treat someone with cruelty or violence, whether physical or sexual.

  • The person who carries out the cruelty or violence.

  • An application is made to the CICA when you wish to ask for a review of a previous decision which has been made.

  • Intentional or recklessly causing harm to another person.

  • The compensation awarded by the CICA.

  • The CICA will only award compensation to a “blameless” victim. This is means that the victim of the crime has not contributed to it at all, such as instigating the fight in which they suffered injury.

  • Cruel or violence treatment towards a child. In the context of a CICA claim this is specifically psychically or sexually violent.

  • See Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

  • The person making the claim for compensation.

  • A medically recognised diagnosis of either a physical or mental health condition.

  • In the context of a CICA claim this is relevant for “co-operation with the police”. This means assisting the police in their enquiries and being prepared to go through with taking the offender to court, if the CPS agree to press charges.

  • The payment made by the CICA in recognition of the suffering as a result of a crime.

  • An agreement between a client and a law firm which states the client will only pay the law firm’s fee if the firm are successful in the claim (usually payment of compensation). The amount the firm is paid is not set out as a percentage of the compensation.

  • An agreement between a client and a law firm which states that the client will only pay the law firm’s fees if the firm achieve a pre-agreed result in the claim (usually payment of compensation). The agreement will state the legal fees in terms of a percentage of the compensation.

  • A criminal conviction, such as a caution, reprimand, fine, order or prison sentence.

  • A person who provides therapy, generally for mental health issues.

  • For CICA claims this would be a tribunal hearing – when the case is assessed by a judge.

  • An act or omission which constitutes an offence and is punishable by law.