Claiming Compensation As A Victim Of Abuse

“People are now asking me why Sir Jimmy Saville’s victims were not able to ask for help. The thing about sexual abuse is that people suffering it feel defiled – they take on the shame and the guilt.”
– Esther Rantzen

If you have been a victim of childhood abuse, the mental scars will remain long after the abuse has stopped. You may struggle to keep your life on track, find it hard to maintain adult relationships,  to find it hard to trust anyone. “Life can be a struggle, but a small comfort could be that you may be entitled to compensation against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. CICA UK is a non-government run site, set up by TDP Solicitors, that claims from CICA on behalf of victims of abuse”

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There are certain criteria’s that you should meet, although each case is examined on a case by case basis. One of the main criteria is that you needed to have reported the case to the police, even if a passage of time has gone and the abuse had occurred some years previously. Other criteria could be:-

  • Make your application to the CICA within 2 years of the crime
  • OR within 2 years of first reporting the matter to the police
  • OR by your 20th birthday

The type of abuse that you can make a claim about varies. It could be sexual, physical or mental abuse, and there are people you can speak to, in full confidence, through CICA UK. Talking could help you to understand your own emotions and the type of abuse you faced, and this can then help you make a decision on how you know want to proceed.  CICA UK can also advise you if you think an organisation, rather than an individual was responsible for your abuse, for instance, if you were in the case system during childhood. They will be able to advise you. Even if you do not wish to look for compensation, their help and support may help you turn a corner.

Victims of abuse often feel that they are abused both by the perpetrator, and then by the system that should protect them. CICA UK may well offer the support and help that you need to move on.



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24 thoughts on “Claiming Compensation As A Victim Of Abuse

  1. I hope everyone who is a victim of abuse comes forward. No one should suffer in silence.

  2. This is an amazing resource for victims of abuse! I’m glad that you explained it so well. Victims should not be afraid or feel ashamed to recieve the help that they need.

  3. Hard topic! Thanks god I´ve never been a victim! But I really hope that those who have been come foward and get help!

  4. I am glad to see there are organizations such as CICA out there that would support victims of abuse. It’s such a horrible situation and the victims need as much support as possible.

  5. I have never been a victim of abuse, touch wood, and I hope i’ll never be. I know how hard it must be to recover from such an awful experience and claim compensation. You must be so strong. xx corinne

  6. This post should be shared and shared and shared some more for all to see and find a way to find peace (at least in part) for what they went through.

  7. thank you for sharing this, as a rape victim i’m grateful people are talking about this issues that are so makes me so sad.

  8. I am glad you shared this. I’m sure the information will help a lot of people who have gone through this.

  9. Our systems to help victims are terribly broken. I am pleased to see something like the available. Now the US needs to step up with something similar.

  10. This is such an important post. Victims need to know what help there is available to them.

  11. Good to know there are organizations out there who can be of help to the victims.

  12. I am so happy I have never had this problem. And also so grateful there are places where the victims can go and comfortably talk about it. Great post!

  13. This is a good reminder post to report any form of abuse. I just hope that the abused ones get enough courage and support system to do so.

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