You can apply for financial help if you have to take time off low-paid work because you’ve been the victim of a violent crime.
You can get help for up to 25 days from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) hardship fund if you’re eligible.
You can apply if you:
- earn less than £111 per week
- don’t get Statutory Sick Pay or equivalent sick pay scheme run by your employer
- couldn’t work for at least 7 consecutive days as a result of the crime
- don’t have any unspent convictions that resulted in a custodial sentence or community order
You normally need to report your injuries to the police within 48 hours and CICA need to receive your application within 8 weeks of the crime.
How to apply
Contact Victim Support. You’ll need:
- the unique police crime reference number
- a doctor’s certificate (fit note) showing you’ve been unable to work for at least 7 consecutive days as a result of the crime
- a pay slip or letter from your employer showing your average weekly earnings
- a copy of your most recent tax return if you’re self-employed
Find out more about the Hardship Fund and Victim Support.