A woman has described how she broke down in tears after being awarded damages by a Government scheme which supports victims of crime – despite her alleged attacker being found not guilty in a criminal court.
A man has been awarded £129,600 in damages by a Government scheme which supports blameless victims of violent crime – finally compensating him for the physical and ongoing mental injuries suffered when attacked by three men in his own home eight years ago.
Hudgell Solicitors has helped a woman secure £16,500 damages after being abused between the ages of seven and nine by her elder half-brother 50 years ago. The case is the first settlement secured since a law, which had previously prevented abuse victims claiming compensation if they lived under the ‘same roof’ as their attackers, was abolished in June 2019.
Before explaining how long a criminal injuries compensation claim takes, it is important to understand why the CICA was set up and what it aims to accomplish. Once armed with this knowledge, it becomes much easier to appreciate the number of cases they deal with and put their complex workload into context.
Today’s announcement from the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) confirming the long-awaited abolishment of the ‘Same Roof Rule’ is certainly one we welcome, and one we hope finally brings legal redress for victims of abuse, neglect and assault.