SOLICITORS HELPLINE: ☎ 0330 660 7119

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) operates a government fund that was established to administer compensation for the trauma of personal injury to the victims of violent crime. Our sex assault solicitors offer a confidential and sympathetic service for applications to the CICA. If you would like expert advice from a sex assault solicitor to optimise your prospects of a fair award just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices and an experienced sex assault solicitor will phone you. If you would prefer to speak to someone of the same sex then please indicate your preference.

Sexual Assault Claims

Indecent assault occurs when someone uses force or the threat of force to commit a sexual act on another person against their will and includes a wide range of actions varying from touching the genitals or breasts under or outside clothing through to forcing someone to have oral sex or forcibly introducing an object into the vagina or anus against their will. The scope of the offence is wide and even spoken words can make an otherwise innocent act indecent. Touching of bare flesh or of sexual parts is not necessary and it is only necessary to show that there were indecent circumstances in order to prove the offence which can be committed by and against both males and females. An indecent act with a girl under 16 is an offence even if she agreed to it and gave her consent.

CICA Application

Potential claimants who can submit a criminal injury compensation application include :-

  • people who have been victims of a violent crime and have been injured physically or mentally
  • those with a close relationship to the victim or people who were physically present during crime
  • people involved immediately after the crime who also suffered trauma
  • close relatives of a deceased victim who passed away because of a violent crime

Barred Claims

A criminal injury compensation form should NOT be submitted in the following circumstances :-

  • crimes that occurred outside England, Scotland or Wales (Northern Ireland has its own scheme)
  • the resulting injury did not require two visits to the doctor nor did it last for more than six weeks
  • certain cases related to sexual abuse which discontinued before October 1979

Compensation Parameters

Other factors that may affect a decision about whether or not to submit a criminal injury compensation form :-

  • failure to fully cooperate with the authorities during investigation
  • the incident was not reported within a reasonable period of time
  • the incident causing injury was provoked or planned by the applicant
  • aggressive or unreasonable behaviour on the claimant's part during or after the incident
  • the victim or claimant has an 'unspent' criminal record (Rehabilitation of Offenders Act)

Sex Assault Solicitors

Our sex assault solicitors work on a completely risk free no win no fee basis. If we don't succeed in recovering compensation on your behalf under the criminal injury compensation scheme we don't get paid. Our sex assault solicitors do not ask you to fund your CICA claim in any respect and you do not have to pay for any legal costs or other expenses as the claim proceeds. We do not ask you to buy any insurance or take out any loans to finance the claim. If the application is refused by the CICA we will take the claim to appeal and will make application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel (CICAP) at no extra charge to you. You only pay us if the application for compensation under the CICA tariff scheme is successful. The CICA do not pay legal charges and if your claim is successful there will be a deduction from the monies paid to you to cover the cost of legal representation. You can rest assured that your claim is in safe experienced hands and that we will leave no stone unturned in our quest for fair and equitable compensation on your behalf.

SOLICITORS HELPLINE: ☎ 0330 660 7119


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