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 form below to make a claim. If the assault or rape occurred during the course of your employment then you may have a claim against your employer, please see our workplace assaults page.

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Rape and Sexual Assault Compensation

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) 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 rape and sexual assault.

In some cases, an act may be treated as a violent crime where:

(a) the attacker is not capable of forming the necessary mental element (intent to commit a crime of violence) due to insanity; or

(b) the attacker is a child under ten years old (the age of criminal responsibility) who understood the consequences of their actions.

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A victim of rape or sexual assault can be:
  • male or female;
  • an adult;
  • a child under the age of 18 years old;
  • an adult who by reason of mental incapacity is incapable of giving consent.
  • It is not necessary for the person who injured you to be identified or convicted in order to get payment.
Rape or sexual assault can be committed by any of the following people:
  • a stranger;
  • a family member;
  • a spouse;
  • a friend;
  • a family friend;
  • a person in a position of trust or authority such as a teacher, doctor, employer; or
  • anybody who forces you to have sex, perform a sexual act or makes contact with you in a sexual manner against your wishes, demands or will.

Under the terms of the CICA, when making a claim for compensation, rape is classified as meaning unwanted or uninvited penile penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth. Sexual assault is classified as meaning unwanted or uninvited sexual touching either over clothing or underneath clothing. Sexual assault compensation varies from minor sexual touching to serious sexual touching.

Other factors which the CICA consider when reviewing applications for compensation are as follows:
  • Whether the rape or sexual assault is a pattern of repetitive frequent behaviour over a period of three years or more;
  • Whether the rape or sexual assault caused severe internal injuries to the victim’s body;
  • Whether the rape or sexual assault caused a permanent disabling mental illness confirmed by psychiatric diagnosis;
  • Whether a victim has been raped by one or more attackers.
Criteria for Making a CICA Claim if you have been a Victim of Rape or Sexual Assault:
  • Your application for rape or sexual assault compensation must be made no later than two 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 two year period for victims of rape or sexual assault;
  • 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;
  • All incidents, for which a sexual assault or rape claim is made, must have been reported to the police;
  • 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.

How much sexual assault compensation will I receive?

The amount of sexual assault compensation awarded by the CICA varies in accordance with the severity of the injury/injuries caused. A victim of a sexual offence can expect an award between £1,000.00 and £44,000.00 depending on the circumstances of the offence.

Additional payments will be made to anyone who as a direct result of being a victim of a sexual offence has sustained one or more of the following:

  • Pregnancy;
  • Sexually transmitted infection; or
  • Loss of foetus.

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:

  • For the year ending June 2014, police records of crime figures in the UK showed an increase of 21% in all sexual offences compared with the previous year.
  • Police recorded rape increased by 29% and other sexual offences increased by 18% compared to the previous year.
  • Over 65,000 sexual offences were reported to the police during the year ending June 2014.

Sexual Assault Resources

Michael Lewin Solicitors are here to help victims of rape or sexual assault 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 rape or sexual assault.

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.rapecrisis.org.uk/
Supporting female victims of rape or sexual assault. Provides practical advice and emotional care. Advises victims of the nearest rape crisis centres in their area.

http://www.thehavens.org.uk/
Supports anyone in London who has been raped or sexually assaulted within the last 12 months. Provides confidential medical and emotional support services.

http://www.mankindcounselling.org.uk/index.php
Supporting male victims of rape or sexual assault. Provides a telephone helpline, counselling and practical advice.

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexualhealth/Pages/Sexualassault.aspx
NHS services providing practical advice for victims of rape or sexual assault. Helps victims to find their nearest sexual assault support services, a counsellor or therapist. Explains the process of forensic examination.

http://content.met.police.uk/Site/sapphire
Advice if you wish to report a sexual offence. Sapphire is a unit of specialist officers based at New Scotland Yard whose role is to investigate rapes and other serious sexual violence. This includes providing care and support to the victims, as well as investigating the offence to the satisfaction of the victim and bringing the offender to justice.

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