A staggering two million adults aged 16 to 59 experienced some form of domestic abuse in the year ending March 2018.
The above figure is according to statistics published by the Office for National Statistics. This equates to approximately 6 in every 100 adults, with 7.9% of women and 4.2% of all men being the victims of domestic abuse.
If you have been a victim of domestic violence, you may be entitled to payment from the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA). This is a government funded scheme created with the intentions of compensating blameless victims of violent crimes. For a more detailed overview on a CICA claim, please click here.
How Much Will I Be Entitled to For a CICA Claim For Domestic Violence/Abuse?
Using their fixed tariff of injuries, the CICA provides for the physical and psychological domestic abuse of adults. When injuries have arisen from a pattern of domestic abuse, they will be assessed by reference to all the circumstances, including whether there were one or more assailants, the nature of injuries and incidents and the period in which they occurred.
These awards start at £2,000 for intermittent physical assaults with no clear disfigurement, up to a figure of £8,200 for a persistent pattern of severe domestic abuse over a period of more than three years.
The CICA notes that there can be an exception made when a person sustains a single injury as part of the pattern of domestic abuse. In this instance, the higher payment may be made instead of the award for the pattern of domestic abuse – this means that an award could potentially reach up to £250,000 for the most severe of injuries.
How Long Will a CICA Claim Take?
The CICA is reluctant to put timescales on their claims. However, they advise that they aim to make an initial decision on an individual’s case between twelve to eighteen months.
It is important to note that the length of a claim is highly dependant on the complexity of the domestic abuse and the severity of the injuries that have been sustained. If an applicant is still going through their recovery process following a period of domestic abuse (e.g. seeing a psychiatrist or physiotherapist), the CICA may hold off on making a decision until a clear diagnosis is obtainable.
Why Choose Oakwood Solicitors For My CICA Claim?
At Oakwood Solicitors, we will work on your CICA claim on a ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis. This means that in the unfortunate event that your claim is unsuccessful, there is no expectation from us for you to pay anything.
From the start of your CICA claim until the conclusion you will have a dedicated advisor – either male or female depending on your preference – who will run your claim, assisting you in the event of any queries or issues you may have.
Regular updates will be provided by your case handler up until your CICA claim has ended. This is to ensure the process is as stress-free and effortless as possible.
We were approached by Ms. C after she had experienced years of domestic abuse. Thanks to the support from her family and friends, she plucked up the courage to speak to the police and undergo a CICA claim for compensation.
Understandably, she initially struggled to give the necessary details to bring a CICA claim. However, thanks to one of our female case handlers, she was able to feel relaxed and confident when speaking to us about the more sensitive aspects of her experiences.
Her injuries included a broken jaw, serious scarring to her upper limbs and a disabling psychiatric injury. At the conclusion of her CICA claim, Ms. C received an offer of £14,820 from the CICA.
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