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Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) makes payments on behalf of Government to blameless victims of violent crime. Although the size of the award varies to reflect the seriousness of the injury, it is recognised that it will never fully compensate you for what you have suffered or lost – it is just society’s way of recognising that you have been a victim.

A compensation payment is not the only way that the Government helps those who suffer injury as a result of violent crime. There is a national health service to treat injuries; where necessary, local authorities will look after long term care needs; and there is a benefit system as a safety net if the injury affects capacity to earn.

Criminal Injury compensation awards are not designed to meet immediate needs - in most cases a claim will not be settled until sometime after the incident.

Further information about Criminal Injury Compensation can be found here.