Insult to injury: how the criminal injuries compensation system is failing victims of crime

Introduction

Victims of violent crime, or bereaved relatives of someone who has died as a result of criminal injuries, can apply for compensation under the state-funded Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS).

For many victims of crime, compensation is the only form of recognition that they will receive. According to government figures, only 3% of all crimes reach court. If a crime is not solved, help from voluntary organisations - such as Victim Support - and the possibility of getting criminal injuries compensation are the only recognition or services that many victims will receive.

Part of Victim Support's work is helping people to make criminal injuries compensation claims and every day we see the positive impact that a compensation award can have. For many people, it can mean that society has recognised their suffering; that it cares.

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