Am I eligible to apply for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims Scheme?
You may be eligible if:-
- You have been injured seriously enough to qualify for at least the minimum award of £1000.
- You were injured in an act of violence In England, Scotland or Wales. The offender does not necessarily have to be convicted or charged with the crime.
- You must make your application within two years of the incident that caused your injury.
You will not be eligible if:-
- You were injured before 1 August 1964.
- You have already applied for compensation for the same injury under the 2008 scheme or under any earlier scheme.
- The injury happened before 1 October 1979 and you and the person who injured you were living together at the time as members of the same family in the same household.
- The act of violence took place outside England, Scotland or Wales.
An application can also be refused or reduced because of:-
- Your own behaviour before, during or after the incident in which you were injured.
- Your own criminal record.
- Any failure on your part to cooperate with the police.
- Any delay on your part in informing the police of the incident.
For more information call free on 0800 048 2355 to speak to a member of our team between 8 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday. Outside of those hours you can leave us a message on the same phone number, or alternatively complete the Online Enquiry Form at the bottom of this page with a brief description of your accident and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
The information on this page only relates to those who have been injured as a result of a crime of violence. For information on accidents at work, on the road or any other type of injury, please click here for our Personal Injury pages.