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Woman awarded £22,600 damages for years of domestic and sexual abuse at hands of partner – even though he was not convicted

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Tracy Thames

Litigation Executive

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A woman who was abused by her partner for more than a decade has been awarded damages by a Government scheme to compensate victims of violent crime – even though he was never convicted of any offence against her.

The woman, of Northamptonshire, was left devastated after being told charges against her partner for coercive and controlling behaviour and rape were being dropped.

She had fled the home after ‘years of constant abuse’, having to ‘start life over again with virtually nothing’.

However, she now feels she has been ‘vindicated’ and had ‘some form of justice’, having been awarded £22,600 compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

The Government scheme is able to award damages in cases where it feels there is enough evidence to suggest a crime has been committed.

CICA award ‘recognition’ of suffering

“This award has been important for me, as firstly, having seen the charges against my partner dropped, I feel this is vindication and recognition of what I have been through,” she said.

“Also, it is hugely important, as to get away from a person who destroyed my life, and made me feel worthless, I had to give up everything and start again with absolutely nothing. After years of constant abuse I had to get out.”

The woman fled Northamptonshire, having reported her partner to the police. She said she had to escape after years of being controlled.

“I was a shadow of my former self. I would never have imagined that I’d let someone have the sort of control over me as he did, but it happens insidiously over time,” she said.

“He’d control our finances, check my messages, open my post and only allow me out to the shops for a short period of time. He was violent and assaulted me regularly. In the end I felt worthless.

“What upsets me most now is knowing the impact it had on my children. It has had a huge impact on them psychologically, and the effects are life-long.”

Legal award recognised sexual and physical abuse

The woman says she was advised to seek a damages claim by police, who she says offered her ‘wonderful support’ having made the allegations against her partner.

She instructed Hudgell Solicitors specialist CICA team to represent her, with a claim for damages submitted for period of domestic abuse stretching over a number of years, including sexual assault and mental injuries.

The award from CICA recognised sexual abuse exceeding three years, and also for the physical abuse she suffered.

“This lady has been through a terrible ordeal and, through the complexities of the justice system, it was only the CICA that offered her any form of justice or closure,” said Tracy Thames, of Hudgell Solicitors, who led the compensation case on her behalf.

“She suffered years of abuse and had to take the difficult decision to give up all she had in Northamptonshire and start again. We are pleased that this settlement has given her vindication, and will also help her as she continues to build a new life for herself.”

Support was available in community

The woman, who now has a new job and home, said: “I could never see an escape from what was happening to me. There was always something to stop me leaving, despite what was happening to me and what I was being subjected to, whether it be the kids’ schooling or the worry of finances.

“In the end I found so much support when I plucked up the strength to leave, so I’d urge anyone else in a similar position to do as I eventually did. Don’t stay stuck.

“There were fantastic groups for victims of domestic violence in Northamptonshire, and where I have moved to since, who have been there for me, and of course there was also Tracy at Hudgell Solicitors who handled my CICA case.

“The reality is that I was told that these sort of cases can be hard to bring to court and secure prosecutions. The police and the CPS both said that to me and were apologetic that the charges were eventually dropped.

“This CICA settlement has been so important to because it is recognition of what I was subjected to. That means far more than the financial payment.”

Abuse compensation claims

Abuse, whether domestic violence or sexual, is usually committed by a partner or family member.

In some instances, particularly where abuse has been inflicted during childhood, it may also have been carried out by a family friend, neighbour or somebody a child comes into regular and unsupervised contact with.

Under the CICA scheme compensation can be awarded for:

  • Sexual abuse.
  • Physical Abuse.
  • Mental and physical injuries sustained as a result of abuse.
  • Loss of past or future earnings as a result of those injuries.

We have helped thousands of victims of abuse and sexual assault secure criminal injury compensation. As leading criminal injury specialists, we work closely with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) throughout your abuse claim.

Our lawyers can maximise your chances of success in the quickest time possible, taking the stress away and chasing for updates on a regular and persistent basis.

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