Abuse Survivors Blog

9 common questions about CICA compensation claims

Written by Jacqui Morton on 15 Aug 2019

A victim of crime can make an application for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) online, by telephone or post.

Information and assistance with this is often provided by agencies such as Victim Support or the police. It is not necessary to use a legal representative, although for more complex claims such as “out of time” child abuse applications applicants often prefer to use a solicitor. 

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The value of an apology in sexual assault claims

Written by Tracey Emmott on 25 Jun 2019

Elton John’s classic ‘Sorry seems to be the hardest word’ is none more true in the ambit of sexual assault compensation claims than in any other context.

In representing victims and survivors of sexual assault, whether abused as children or sexually assaulted in adult life, I hear time and time again, the request for an apology. Often it is the refusal or the withholding of an apology that causes a victim or survivor to instigate a legal claim against those accountable. A lot of money could be saved by those on the receiving end of compensation claims arising from sexual assault, if only the relevant person or organisation had done the decent thing and offered a heartfelt apology in the first instance.

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How a compensation claim for sexual abuse is valued

Written by Donna Hughes on 07 Jan 2019

While no amount of money can compensate the trauma of childhood sexual abuse, an award of compensation represents important recognition that offences have been committed and harm has been caused.  

A judge cannot force an apology and cannot turn back the clock, but the courts can make an organisation or person pay financially for sexual abuse.

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Compensation in fatal negligence cases

Written by Toslima Islam on 27 Jul 2018

Sadly, in some cases, a significant injury caused by negligence can result in the death of that individual.

Where the victim of a personal injury has died before their claim is settled it is still possible to continue the claim to benefit the claimant’s estate.

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The value of a conviction in sexual assault compensation claims

Written by Tracey Emmott on 21 Jun 2018

Last month, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein finally handed himself in to the New York authorities, charged with rape and several other counts of sexual abuse. He is the subject of multiple complaints by dozens of women ranging from rape to sexual harassment over many years. 

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Compensation for sexual abuse against more than one organisation

Written by Tracey Emmott on 03 May 2018

Sexual abuse in childhood by a person in authority is the ultimate betrayal.  

Often that person represents an institution and may be a religious leader such as a priest or imam, a teacher, a Scout leader or a sports coach.

Where the abuser is acting in two capacities at the same time, a civil compensation claim may be directed against two organisations.  

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Can we put an end to institutional abuse in boarding schools?

Written by Tracey Emmott on 21 Feb 2018

The concept of sending one’s child away to a school where they also live is thought to be something quintessentially British. 

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Claiming Compensation for Animal Attacks 

Written by Toslima Islam on 19 Jan 2018

Although a dog is seen as a man's best friend, there can be occasions when this is not quite the case.

NHS data reveals that between 2016 – 2017 there were 7,461 people admitted to hospitals in the UK after being bitten or struck by a dog. Dog bites in domestic settings are widely known as the most common injury caused by animals in the UK however injuries caused by animals can occur in other settings such as:  

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Institutional abuse investigation in Surrey triggers 1,500 enquiries

Written by Toslima Islam on 08 Dec 2017

Yet another example of institutional abuse is unfolding.

Surrey Police have launched a large scale investigation into allegations of sexual abuse spanning three decades at a children’s home in Woking, Surrey.

In an effort to identify victims and witnesses, police have spoken to hundreds and state that there are over 1,500 enquiries in relation to this investigation.

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Caldey Island child abuse sufferers awarded compensation

Written by Tracey Emmott on 22 Nov 2017

Caldey Island is an idyllic, remote island situated two miles offshore from Tenby on the Pembrokeshire Coast, Wales, owned by the Cistercian order of monks.

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