Domestic Abuse and Compensation

Domestic Abuse and Compensation

The adage ‘sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me’ was commonly heard on the playground when I was at school (many many years ago!). It brings back memories of children flinging verbal insults at each other whether in jest or not and the ‘victim’ defying this by saying that verbal insults do not hurt. However as adults most of us know that verbal insults and psychological abuse can be just as intimidating and threatening as physical attacks.
With The Home Secretary Theresa May launching a consultation into the law and domestic abuse the Government is taking the problem of domestic abuse seriously.
Historically it could be argued that physical assault (such as beatings and rape) has received more attention when it comes to bringing the perpetrators to justice or seeking compensation. However Theresa May is proposing that domestic abuse becomes a criminal offence. This is a huge step forwards for people suffering psychological abuse at home.
Relatively speaking it has been difficult in the past to claim compensation for domestic abuse as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) has strict guidelines on the types of ‘injuries’ it will pay compensation for. For example these days a scar to the face can bring anywhere between £1500 and £11000 in compensation.
Psychological injuries can currently be claimed for under the CICA Scheme but the greatest majority of the injuries that can be claimed for under the scheme are physical in nature. Perhaps with sweeping changes envisioned in regards to domestic abuse cases victims will find it easier to obtain compensation. Of course compensation cannot re-wind the weeks months or even years of psychological abuse but it can help a victim get back on his or her feet and provide a financial cushion for moving forwards with their lives.
Michael Lewin Solicitors have helped thousands of people secure compensation.
If you have been injured either physically and/or mentally as a result of a violent crime we will pursue your right for compensation. Read more on our criminal injury section and email us at cica@michaellewin.co.uk if you have any questions about making a claim.
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