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You can be represented by a highly-experienced criminal injuries lawyer at no upfront cost to you. Under our No Win No Fee agreement you only pay a pre-agreed percentage of the compensation awarded if your case is successful.

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Abuse compensation claims

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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Specialist criminal injury lawyers

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We will;

  • Work hard to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
  • Maximise your chances of success in the quickest time possible.
  • Have your best interests at heart.
  • Assess your case with honesty, discretion and sensitivity.
  • Keep you updated with the progress of your claim every step of the way.

Claims when abusers have died or weren't convicted

Claims when abusers were not convicted

Whether you’ve been the victim of physical or sexual abuse, you are entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering.

Our team of dedicated abuse claims specialists are able to pursue claims to CICA on your behalf. Claims can be pursued even if:

  • Those carrying out the abuse have since died.
  • The perpetrator has not been convicted, charged or even identified.

If you’ve been abused in any way and you’re unsure what to do, don’t suffer in silence any longer. The first step is to get in touch with our expert lawyers and discover how we can help you bring a CICA abuse claim.


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How to make a domestic abuse claim

How to make a claim

Make a claim in six easy steps

Step 1

Free Initial Advice

Call us, request a callback or complete our online claim form and we will assess whether we think you have a claim.

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Step 2


We will help you to decide how best to fund your claim. Usually we will be able to offer you a No win, No fee agreement.

Step 3

Submit CICA application

We will gather details of your claim, complete and submit an application online.

Step 4

Obtain Medical Records & Medical Reports

We will request copies of your medical records and gather evidence to support any loss of earnings claim.

Step 5

Negotiate Settlement

The CICA will confirm whether they accept your claim and, if accepted, they will make an offer. We will assess the CICA’s decision and advise you whether it should be accepted, reviewed or appealed.

Step 6


We will make submissions on your behalf in any appeal where we believe their decision or offer is incorrect.

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My experience with Hudgell was absolutely incredible from start to finish, particularly with Mobeena, the solicitor behind my case. She was thorough and efficient, keeping me informed at all time. I couldn’t recommend her and the company more, it was dealt with in such a professional manner with great speed too. Thanks Mobeena and thank you to the company!
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Completed an online enquiry form. They called back and stated that they were too busy to take the case on! So why allow online enquiries? Clearly an unreliable and useless firm
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What are the time limits on making a domestic violence or abuse claim?

CICA claims should ideally be made within two years of the incident or abuse being reported to the police.

There are, however, exceptions to this rule, so it is best to seek legal advice no matter what your circumstances are.

Cases can also be taken on before any related criminal proceedings have been completed, so there is no need to wait for criminal court proceedings to be completed.

Our domestic violence and abuse lawyers always recommend seeking access to justice as soon as possible.

What evidence do I need to make a CICA abuse claim?

To start a claim with the CICA you must report the abuse committed against you to the police.

For most sexual assaults, the compensation awarded by the CICA is based upon the evidence in a police report, not your medical history. This is because, despite the serious nature of these offences, there often isn’t any actual medical evidence.

If medical evidence is available, we can advise you whether to submit it and explain how it could benefit your case. Sometimes it can mean your claim takes longer to deal with, but it may help you receive thousands more in compensation if psychological damage can be established.

Before applying to the CICA, we strongly recommend seeking expert legal advice because the evidence your case relies upon really does matter.

Can I claim if I was assaulted by someone I lived with?

If you were abused by someone you lived with you can claim compensation under the CICA scheme.

The scrapping of the ‘same roof rule’ in 2019 has paved the way for thousands of people to make new claims or appeal those previously rejected.

If you have previously been denied a settlement or told not to pursue a case due to the ‘same roof rule’, get in touch to start your claim.

Can you claim compensation for historical abuse?

If the claim is for historical child abuse then the time limit starts usually as soon as the abuse is reported to the police as an adult, but there are exceptions.

We advise anyone who wishes to make a claim to the CICA to get in touch with us as soon as possible so that we can give you professional advice about time limits and how best to protect your rights.

Can I appeal a CICA award?

According to the CICA around 30% of its awards were changed following a successful appeal.

Applicants who disagree with a decision can request a review and, if still dissatisfied can appeal to an independent panel.

In one case our client, with the specialist support of our CICA claims experts, was eventually awarded £138,000 compensation for the abuse she suffered after the original £6,600 offer was challenged.

Hudgell Solicitors are experts in Criminal Injuries Compensation Awards, we understand that as a victim of crime, how much compensation you are awarded from CICA, could depend on the evidence you submit with your claim.

Free legal advice could lead to a substantial increase to your CICA award.

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