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Financial Support for Victims of Crime

There are several ways of getting financial support as a victim of violent crime. Find out what you might get and how to apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

CICA HARDSHIP FUND: Often, suffering an injury due to a violent crime means taking some time off work.

That means people in low paid work are among the most vulnerable. They may suffer a reduced income and might not qualify for a sick pay scheme.

Some blameless victims can get financial support from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. The CICA deal with compensation claims for those who suffer because of violent crime.

Suffering a physical or mental injury means you might be eligible to claim through the criminal compensation scheme.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority also operate discretionary payments through the 'Hardship Fund'. The monetary reserve pays up to 25 days of financial help - providing you meet the eligibility criteria.

Note: Not all injuries are severe enough to qualify for the standard CICA scheme. But, you may receive financial help paid through the Hardship Fund instead.

CICA Hardship Fund Eligibility Criteria

To qualify, you must have sustained an injury on or after the 27th of November 2012 in England or Wales. The injury must have occurred in a crime of violence and as a result of being a direct victim (injured by an assailant) of the incident. If so, you can apply if:

Note: As a general rule, you must report your injuries to the police within 48 hours of the incident. CICA must be in receipt of the application within eight (8) weeks of the crime. You must also report a change in circumstances without delay if you get (or have applied for) Employment Support Allowance.

How to Apply for the Hardship Fund

Applications to the Hardship Fund take place by a referral process. The referral would follow an initial assessment of eligibility conducted by Victim Support. Before you contact Victim Support you are going to need:

Victim Support Free Supportline
Telephone: 08 08 16 89 111
Monday to Friday: 9am to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 7pm
UK Bank Holidays: 9am to 5pm

Note: Further information on claiming the Hardship Fund is available from your nearest Victim Support team.

How to Get Financial Support as a Victim of Crime in the United Kingdom