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Help for rape victims

Compensation scheme for rape victims

As specialist Solicitors, we help victims of rape obtain compensation for their sexual assault. There is a government backed scheme called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, which pays compensation to rape victims. Our aim is to obtain this compensation for you, as quickly and sensitively as possible.

I am reluctant to talk to someone else about what happened?

We understand this, and are able to help you without you having to relive what happened to you. With over 20 years’ experience in understanding how best to claim compensation under the scheme, we are able to use the Police Report which will contain your statement as the basis of your claim. 

How long will it take to receive compensation?

We understand it is very important for rape victims to be able to move on with their lives. So a speedy claim is very important, and one we specialise in. Where the CICA accept a claim based on Police Evidence only, and the Police Report is released promptly, we can secure compensation in as little as 4 months. 

Can I also claim for psychological distress?

Yes, absolutely. Where it is appropriate we will claim for this as well. However the CICA scheme does limit how this can be claimed, so a careful judgment needs to be made, as to whether it will be appropriate to claim in your particular situation. Wrongly judged, your claim could take 4 times as long and no additional compensation is awarded. This is a mistake victims submitting claims themselves often make, and why Solicitors advice at an early stage is so important.

I’m ready to make a claim, what do I need when I contact you?

It is really helpful if you could confirm the date of the incident, your date of birth, and if possible the Police Crime reference number. With this information we can usually assess a claim, and let you know if you are going to be eligible for compensation. So please call 0113 320 5000 or email cica@winstonsolicitors.co.uk so that we can advise you as soon as possible.

Are there any time limits to bringing a claim?

Yes the CICA scheme usually requires a claim to be brought within 2 years. However even if you are out of time, it is worth you contacting us, as we have been able to bring many successful claims for victims of rape, even after the 2 year time limit. We will look carefully at all the details and where possible will bring a claim for you.

How much does it cost to use a specialist Solicitor?

We understand victims of crime are not likely to be in a position to pay for legal advice, unless they are successful. So we always offer to act on a ‘no win no fee’ basis.   

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