What are the other criteria?

  • Normally you would have to make a claim for an injury that happened within the last two years unless there were circumstances where this was not possible, such as suffering abuse in childhood.
  • You must have suffered a physical injury or a disabling mental injury which can be medically verified (i.e. by a medical professional such as a doctor or consultant). For example, if you were assaulted, including sexual assault, or wounded in an attack you may be eligible. For a more serious mental trauma CICA will need a psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Your injuries have to be serious enough to qualify for the minimum compensation award (see above).
  • Usually you need to have reported the incident/crime to the police (though sometimes there may be exceptions such as reporting to another organisation). However, you are still eligible to make a claim whether or not the perpetrator was charged.
  • CICA will not pay an award if there is a continuing close link between you (the victim) and the offender and it is likely that the offender would benefit from your award. For example, if you were living with a partner or family member who inflicted the injury on you.
  • CICA may take your own behaviour or conduct into account when deciding whether to award you compensation. For example, you may be refused an award (or get a reduced amount) if you have a recent criminal record.
  • CICA will also check that your behaviour did not contribute to the incident where you got your injuries. This might include if, for instance, you acted aggressively or threateningly in a manner that was likely to provoke an attack or the use alcohol/drugs had contributed to the incident.
  • Finally CICA may also consider the degree to which you co-operated with the police and other agencies before, during and after the incident relating to your claim.