It was reported in the Guardian last week that the CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority) is routinely reducing rape victims’ compensation due to previous unspent convictions for such things as driving offences and shoplifting.
It is not well known that rape victims can apply for financial compensation whether or not their attacker is convicted. With fewer than 10% of reported rapes leading to a criminal conviction, and the conviction rate not increasing, compensation is another means of acknowledgement for survivors.
The CICA is a Public Body which administers the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme throughout England. The majority of the claims that fall under the scheme are from individuals who have been physically assaulted by no fault of their own.
For a claim to be considered by the CICA, the crime must have been reported to the police. The police or CPS may agree that a crime has taken place but decline to prosecute due to the high burden of proof in the Criminal Court.
The solicitors at Ringrose Law can advise you if you qualify for an award from the CICA. If you have been a victim of a violent crime within the last two years you could potentially claim compensation and there are some circumstances in which the two year time limit can be waived.
In most cases, we take claims on a no win no fee basis.
Contact our team at one of our offices across Lincolnshire and Newark for some free initial advice or to make an appointment to meet with one of our team members or call Rebecca on 01476 590200.