Claim compensation if you were the victim of a violent crime

Make a claim

When you make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), you’ll need to provide:

  • the date and location of the crime
  • the name of the police station where the crime was reported
  • your crime reference number
  • your GP’s name and address
  • your dentist’s name and address (if you had dental treatment because of your injuries)
  • details of any previous applications you’ve made to CICA
  • details of any unspent criminal convictions
  • proof of identity for you or anyone you’re responsible for, such as a birth or marriage certificate, power of attorney or deed poll

You will not be eligible for compensation (or might get less compensation) if you provide information you know is wrong or misleading. You can be prosecuted.

You must also be able to prove you’ve tried to get compensation or other money you’re entitled to, for example:

  • by claiming benefits
  • through insurance payments
  • from a civil court claim
  • from a criminal court case (if the crime went to court)

You do not need to wait for the outcome of other claims before you apply.

It does not cost anything to apply and you do not have to use a legal adviser.

Make a claim

Help making a claim

Contact CICA if you:

  • do not have a computer or internet access
  • need help using the online service

Inside the UK: 0300 003 3601 (choose option 8)
Outside the UK: +44 (0)203 684 2517
Monday and Tuesday, 8:30am to 5pm
Wednesday, 10am to 5pm
Thursday and Friday, 8.30am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

A friend or relative can also make the application on your behalf. You’ll need to confirm that you want them to deal with your claim.

You cannot claim the cost of using a legal adviser.

You can also get free help and advice from: