If you have experienced domestic violence then your immediate concerns are probably for your safety and for the safety of your children or anyone else who is also suffering from domestic violence in your home. If you have reached the stage where you are no longer living with the perpetrator of the domestic violence you should be able to make a claim for domestic violence compensation.
At Stonehewer Moss Solicitors our domestic violence legal team can explain the process of claiming compensation for domestic violence.
Can I claim Domestic Violence Compensation?
Domestic violence compensation claims can be made to the criminal injuries compensation authority (CICA). To qualify for domestic violence compensation after abuse from a relative or partner, there are a number of points that must apply. For example, if you are over 16 you must no longer be living with your abuser and there must be no chance that your abuser could benefit from any compensation you receive. You must also have reported the domestic violence to the police and have co-operated fully with any investigation and any criminal proceedings that were brought.
If your former relative or partner has assets you may be able to obtain settlement from them on a ‘no win no fee basis’.
How do I start my Domestic Violence Compensation Claim?
Call us and speak to one of our experts. There will be no charge and we can advise you on whether you can make a domestic violence compensation claim. We can usually work on a ‘no win no fee’ basis so there are no up-front or hidden charges. We will make every effort to settle your claim quickly. The process may seem complex but we will undertake all the hard work and keep you informed on the process. We will efficiently collect evidence and professionally present your case to CICA to ensure you receive the best outcome. Many compensation claims are thrown out by CICA every year, we will endeavour to make sure yours is not among them.
About the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority
The Criminal Injury Compensation Authority is a government organisation that can pay money (an award) to people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the blameless victim of a violent crime such as domestic violence. The offender does not necessarily have to have been convicted of, or even charged with the crime for you to make a claim. However your claim could be affected by your behaviour, your criminal record or your failure to co-operate with the police.