The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
The CICA is a government funded scheme which seeks to grant compensation to victims of crime. It might be that your abuser was a family member or family friend and without the means to pay compensation for your suffering. In this case it might be appropriate to make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. A hearing is not necessary and decisions are made based on paper applications only unless there is an appeal.
The CICA can make awards where someone has suffered injury as a result of an act of violence. Given the nature of our work, we have specialised experience in obtaining awards for victims of sexual or physical abuse.
There are a number of things to bear in mind before considering whether to make a claim to the CICA:
It is necessary to make a complaint to the police as soon as possible after the offence.
Normally there is a two year time limit on making a claim, but exceptions can be made. For example the CICA may take into account that the victim has suffered psychological injury which means that they were not mentally ready to make a claim. This would have to be proven with evidence.
Usually, but not always, the perpetrator would have to be convicted of the offence.
CICA awards can be reduced if an applicant has a criminal record.
Please contact us for a free initial consultation and we will discuss with you whether an application to the CICA should be made.
For more details on funding, please look at our 'Paying for your Claim' page.