Insult to injury: how the criminal injuries compensation system is failing victims of crime
How the criminal injuries compensation system is failing victims of crime
How Victim Support helps
Every year, we help around 20,000 people to claim compensation. We believe that this is a very valuable part of our service.
Victim Support believes that criminal injuries compensation is essential because:
- crime victims should not be left to suffer alone. Victims of crime experience particular distress because their suffering is caused by the deliberate act of another person. An element of this distress is a sense of being let down by society as a whole. Compensation by the state should help to address this, by acting as symbolic support.
- crime can have serious financial consequences for its victims. Many people suffer long-term hardship. Compensation can help with an individual's recovery, including reducing financial hardship caused by the crime.