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If you have been a victim of violent crime, you may be going through a distressing time, physically and emotionally. Our expert solicitors can help you receive compensation you deserve.

What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)?

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government-run scheme, set up to support those who have been victims of violent crimes in Great Britain.

What is a criminal injury?

The CICA covers a wide range of injuries and assaults, taking into account the extent of your injuries and trauma. The following claims are considered by the CICA, meaning you could receive compensation for:

  • Physical and mental injury
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Loss of earnings
  • Bereavement costs
  • Payments for loss of financial dependency

Who can claim for compensation through the CICA?

If you have been a direct victim to violent crime or have lost a loved one due to violent crime, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Our solicitors will be able to advise you if you have an eligible claim.

Children are also entitled to compensation, although they will need an adult to make the application for them.

It is not necessary for your assailant to be known or identified, so you can make a claim for unknown attacks too.

What is the process for making a claim to the CICA?

Initially, you should report any crime against you to the police and fully co-operate with them in their investigation.

There is a two-year limit from the attack to make a claim to the CICA. However, this limit can be waived in special circumstances, for example if you were prevented from reporting the incident due to your physical or mental injuries.

Simply call our solicitors on 01772 356201 or email us on We will assist you in submitting your claim to the CICA, ensuring that you receive as much compensation as you are entitled to.

What evidence do the CICA require?

The CICA will look at a number of factors when reviewing your case. This will include the types of injuries you sustained, how long they lasted for and the situation surrounding the assault. Thus, the CICA will require medical evidence and will consider your behaviour before the incident.

How much could you receive?

The CICA operates its compensation scheme based on a tariff system. The amount received will vary from case to case, depending on the severity of your injuries and trauma. The CICA also takes account psychological trauma, as well as loss of financial earnings and bereavement costs. Our solicitors will review your case thoroughly to make sure that you receive the compensation you need.

No Win No Fee

We could offer you a no win no fee service, which means that if your case is unsuccessful, there will be no costs to you. If your case is successful, we will charge a set fee of 25% from the compensation you receive.

If you would like to see if you have an eligible claim, get in touch with GSR Solicitors to speak to one of our experts for a consultation. Please call 01772 356201 or email

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