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Criminal compensation for victims who suffer injury abroad in an EU state.

If you suffer injury or psychological harm as a result of a crime committed abroad in an EU country, you may be able to claim victim compensation.

EU countries have an agreement that allows victims of crime to be compensated in certain circumstances.

The European Union Council Directive 2004/80/EC compels member states to set up a compensation scheme that guarantees fair and appropriate compensation to victims of violent crime. The rules of each scheme will differ slightly from the UK Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme which is operated by the CICA. However the general principle is that those who are injured as a result of a crime abroad should be entitled to some form of recognition from the member state.

The forthcoming Brexit changes to UK membership of the EU will undoubtedly change things but until the break is complete the directive will be honoured by all member states.

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault or a violent assault whilst on holiday or living / working abroad – you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

The following countries currently allow for claims on behalf of UK residents:

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Greece
  • Poland
  • Bulgaria
  • Hungary
  • Portugal
  • Cyprus
  • Ireland
  • Romania
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
  • Slovakia
  • Denmark
  • Latvia
  • Slovenia
  • Estonia
  • Lithuania
  • Spain
  • Finland
  • Luxembourg
  • Sweden
  • France
  • Malta

** PLEASE NOTE **  Regrettably we do not handle claims arising from injury suffered abroad. However there may be other legal firms who can assist so it is worth making suitable enquiries.


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