Criminal Injuries Compensation

CICA, short for The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, is a government funded organisation that was created to provide compensation for blameless victims of violent crime.

It is the responsibility of The CICA to control the administration of The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in England, Scotland and Wales.

If you, a friend or a family member have suffered a physical or psychological injury (or both) as a result of a violent crime, you may be entitled to compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

The CICA ​determines whether or not to make an award of compensation by following a set of rules known as The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

In accordance with The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme an innocent victim’s eligibility for an award is determined from a set criteria, whereby minimum conditions are enforced which must be met before a victim can apply for compensation.


You may be eligible for compensation if:

·         The criminal incident was reported to the police without any delay and as soon as reasonably possible. Any unreasonable delay may result in rejection of a claim by The CICA.

·         Your injuries meet the minimum award of £1,000 (the CICA team will assess this during our initial conversation).

·         The incident happened within the last two years (There are special circumstances where you may still be able to claim from The CICA if the incident happened more than two years ago as there are certain circumstances whereby the two year time limit can be waived. The most common circumstance of the time limit being waved is in relation to claims involving sexual assault or abuse).

·         The incident occurred in England, Scotland or Wales.


To discuss your potential claim with a member of the CICA team and begin the process today submit your enquiry at , alternatively call them free of charge on 0151 203 1104.​