Claim compensation if you were the victim of a violent crime

What happens next

You’ll get a reference number when you submit your claim. Use the reference number whenever you contact Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) about your claim.

Your claim will be assessed on:

  • the information you provided in your application
  • information from the police, including the evidence you gave them
  • your criminal record
  • medical evidence (if it’s needed)

CICA will contact you if they need more information and when they make a final decision.

Medical evidence

You’ll be told if you need to provide a medical report. It can cost up to £50.

Contact CICA if you need help getting or paying for the medical report.

You might also need to attend a psychological assessment if you’re claiming compensation for mental injuries.

CICA
Inside the UK: 0300 003 3601
Outside the UK: +44 (0)203 684 2517
Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm
Relay UK (if you cannot hear or speak on the phone): 18001 0300 003 3601
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If you and your legal adviser disagree about how much money you owe them, you normally will not be paid your compensation in full until you resolve this.

Disagreeing with a decision

Write to CICA and ask them to review a decision if you disagree with it.

CICA
Alexander Bain House
Atlantic Quay
15 York Street
Glasgow
G2 8JQ

If you disagree with the outcome of CICA’s review, you can appeal to the criminal injuries compensation tribunal.