You might be able to claim compensation if you were the victim of a violent crime. This includes if:
- you were injured
- a close relative died
- you saw the crime happen to a loved one (or were there immediately afterwards)
- you paid for the funeral of a person who died
You usually have to claim within 2 years of the crime. The crime must be reported to the police before you apply.
It does not cost anything to apply.
If you were injured trying to stop a crime
You might also be able to claim compensation if you were taking a ‘justified and exceptional’ risk trying to stop a crime. For example somebody was in danger and it was not a situation that you were trained to deal with.
Get practical and emotional support
Visit Victim and Witness information if you’re in England and Wales.
Get support as a victim or witness of crime in Scotland.
You can also get help and advice from your trade union.