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Criminal injury time limits

The general rule when making a criminal injury claim is to do so within 2 years from the date of the incident.

If you were a victim of sexual abuse / assault as a child you would have 2 years from reaching the age of 18 to make an application if no claim has been made on your behalf as a child.

If the sexual abuse/ assault was not reported to the police when you were a child but you have since reported it as an adult, you would have 2 years from the date of reporting to make a claim.  This often applies in cases of historical abuse as it can be difficult for victims to come forward.

If the victim is under the age of 18, their Parent / Guardian would need to make a claim on his / her behalf.

If you have been sexually abused/ assaulted as an adult and this was reported to the police at the time, you would have 2 years from the date of the incident to submit an application.


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What if the 2 year time limit has passed?

If a claim is made after the 2 year time limit the CICA will look at the reasons for making a late application.  In some cases the CICA can consider waiving the time limit however the time limits are usually strictly applied.

There would normally need to be a sufficient reason that has prevented someone from making a claim within the time limit. For example, a psychological injury where your symptoms are serious enough to have affected your ability to make a claim. See our case examples which will help you understand the time limits that apply for certain claims


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Published: 15 October 2015
Updated: 25 February 2017