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Are you too late to claim CICA compensation? Abuse and rape claims

Is your CICA claim too late – missed the 2 year deadline?

What are your rights to compensation when you have missed the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) 2 year deadline? This regrettably is an all too common problem.

If your claim is late – we can still help you win your compensation – call us today for a discussion.


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The CICA have a strict rule that suggests you must claim compensation for sexual abuse or assault claims within 2 years of:


- The date of the assault

- The date you report the matter to the police

Or

- If you were a person under 18 at the time of the incident(s) by your 20th birthday (2 years after your 18th birthday).


There are however many scenarios where the 2 year deadline is simply an unrealistic target. In fact you could argue it is a deliberately unfair timeframe aimed at creating a narrow window in which victims are squeezed out of claiming what would otherwise be entirely justified compensation.


Here are some situations that very often lead to an applicant missing a deadline:

  • Historical abuse cases

    Many victims of childhood sexual abuse find themselves unable to talk about what happened to them. Disclosing to the police can be one of the hardest steps to take and people should be given the freedom to come forward when they are ready and able to. It is however often the case that abuse victims who report the crimes as adults, can actually miss out on compensation due to the deadline being missed. In these cases the deadline is grossly unfair and should be challenged on each and every occasion.

  • Mental health issues

    If you are unwell and were unable to focus on making a claim it is understandable that you might not make the tight 2 year deadline.

  • Delayed court action

    Criminal proceedings including the trial can very often take longer than 2 years to conclude. It is not fair or reasonable that you should miss your compensation deadline awaiting the verdict. Victims wrongly (but understandably) believe that a claim cannot be made until the verdict is returned.

  • Police advice and coercion

    Often the police will persuade victims to not make a claim until the criminal investigation is concluded. However well intended this advice is it could mean that the two year window is missed and there is no prospect to claim compensation.

IF ANY OF THE ABOVE SITUATIONS APPLY TO YOU – we can still help you win your compensation and have a proven track record against the CICA.


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You may wish to check your potential award using our sexual abuse compensation calculator to have an understanding of your entitlement.

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Published: 26 September 2016
Updated: 25 February 2017