Michael Lewin Solicitors are leading domestic violence lawyers. We are able to offer expert advice on all potential claims you may have as a victim of domestic violence. We will conduct an initial free assessment of your claim. Call us now on 0113 200 9787 or email enquiries@michaellewin.co.uk if you think you’re entitled to compensation, or fill in the adjacent form to make a claim.

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Domestic Violence Claims

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is a government body set up to deal with claims for compensation made by people who have been physically and/or mentally injured as a result of a violent crime in England, Scotland and Wales, in which they were a blameless victim. This includes compensation for victims of domestic violence.

A victim of domestic violence can be:
  • male or female;
  • an adult;
  • a child up to the age of 18 years old.
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Was the Incident in the past two years? *
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It is not necessary for the person who injured you to be identified or convicted in order to get payment.

The Government defines domestic violence as:

any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse…who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can be psychological, physical, sexual, financial and/or emotional.

The Government explains what is meant by controlling and coercive behaviour:

Controlling behaviour covers a range of acts used to make an individual feel inferior and/or dependent upon another person by isolating that individual from sources of support such as friends and family, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten an individual.

Factors which the CICA consider when reviewing applications for compensation are as follows:

For adult victims:
  • intermittent physical assaults resulting in an accumulation of healed wounds, burns or scalds, but with no noticeable disfigurement;
  • pattern of repetitive violence resulting in minor disfigurement;
  • persistent pattern of severe abuse over a period of more than 3 years.
For child victims:
  • isolated or intermittent assault(s) resulting in mark’s, hair pulled from the scalp, grazings, swellings;
  • intermittent physical assaults resulting in an accumulation of healed wounds, burns or scalds, but with no noticeable disfigurement;
  • persistent pattern of repetitive violence resulting in moderate multiple injuries (e.g. bruising and minor fractures) or minor disfigurement, significant multiple injuries or severe multiple injuries.
 For adult and child victims:
  • medically recognised illness or condition persisting for 28 weeks or more whether it is permanent or not.

Criteria for Making a CICA Claim if you have been a Victim of Domestic Violence:

  • Your application for compensation must be made no later than 2 years after the incident unless you were under the age of 18 when the incident occurred. This time will only be extended due to exceptional circumstances which meant that the application could not have been made earlier. However, the CICA often use their own judgment to accept claims outside of the 2 year period for victims of domestic violence;
  • If you were under the age of 18 when the incident occurred, a parent or guardian may make an application on your behalf if you are still under the age of 18. After reaching the age of 18 years old you can make an application on your own behalf  up until your 20th birthday;
  • An individual who lacks the capacity to make their own application can have their application made by someone else who has been legally appointed to act on their behalf;
  • An award will not be made in respect of a criminal injury if, at the time of the incident giving rise to the injury, the applicant and the assailant were adults living together as members of the same family, unless the applicant and the assailant no longer live together and are unlikely to do so again.
  • All incidents, for which a claim is made, must have been reported to the police – for victims of domestic violence, in regards to when the violence was reported, particular consideration will be given to the fact that certain circumstances prevent a victim from reporting incidences to the police straightaway;
  • You must have cooperated fully with the police’s investigation into the crime and any trial that may follow to the best of your ability;
  • You must have been living in the UK at the time of the incident/s, or a British Citizen, a close relative of a British citizen, a member or a national of the European Union, a family member of a national or member of the European Union, a member of the armed forces or a close relative accompanying a member of the armed forces.

National Statistics of Domestic Violence

According to the Office of National Statistics, the results of their Crime Survey for England and Wales show the following in regards to domestic violence:

  • In 2013/2014 5% of women and 4.5% of men experienced some form of domestic abuse, equivalent to an estimated 1.4 million female victims and 700,000 male victims.
  • In the 2013/2014 survey, 28.3% of women and 14.7% of men had experienced some form of domestic abuse since the age of 16, equivalent to an estimated 4.6 million female victims and 2.4 million male victims.
  • The figures for domestic violence in 2013/2014 have remained largely similar to figures collated from 2008/2009.

According to the NSPCC 1 in 5 teenagers have been physically abused by their girlfriends or boyfriends.

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Domestic Violence & Physical Abuse FAQ's

How much compensation will I receive?

The amount of compensation awarded by the CICA varies in accordance with the severity of the injury/injuries caused. A victim of domestic violence can expect an award between £1,000.00 and £22,000.00 depending on the circumstances of the offence and the severity of the injuries.

Am I Entitled To Legal Aid?

Legal aid is available for victims who have been subjected to domestic abuse. There are 2 types of legal aid; legal help and full legal aid.

Legal Help will cover you financially for all of the steps required before court hearings, such as telephone calls, initial meetings/advice and letter writing. If you submit an application to court and a hearing becomes necessary; full Legal Aid will be required.

In many domestic violence cases we are aware urgent action is required. If necessary an application for emergency funding can be made if it is in the interest for justice to be granted.

I’m sure if I want to go to court?

Going into court for a hearing can be a very stressful time for someone who’s experienced a traumatic event. We know some people are concerned about involving other people in “private” matters, which may make individuals afraid of what might happen at court, other people may be fearful about their partner’s reaction and scared for their own wellbeing.

If it’s necessary for you to attend court, special measures can be taken into account to ensure your safety. This may include anything from arranging for you to use a separate entrance and waiting in a separate waiting area. If you’re required to give evidence in court, a request can be made on your behalf for you to sit behind a screen or via video link.

Helpful Websites

Michael Lewin Solicitors are here to help victims of domestic violence claim for compensation that they are entitled to. Below is a list of helpful charities and resources that can give you advice on dealing with the effects of being a victim of domestic violence.

http://www.womensaid.org.uk/
Supports women and children by providing in-depth advice about housing, finances, legal rights, helping your children and your well-being.

http://www.mankind.org.uk/
Supports male victims of domestic violence. Provides a helpline to assist with emotional support, housing, legal services and referral to local services.

http://www.refuge.org.uk
Supports women and children by providing emergency accommodation, 24 hour helpline, child support workers and outreach services.

https://www.gov.uk/report-domestic-abuse
Advice on how to report domestic abuse to the police and other organisations who will help.

https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/
Emotional support and practical information for victims of any crime or if you have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know.

http://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/domestic_violence.php
Provides advice and practical information for both male and female victims of domestic violence.

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