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Number of victims awarded Criminal Injuries Compensation falls by sixty per cent

23 Apr 2019

Figures obtained from parliamentary  questions show a fall of nearly 60% in the number of victims receiving payments from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS), and an almost halving of the amount paid out since the current government came to power.

In 2010-11, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) awarded £280m to 39,706 people who were hurt in attacks; six years later, in 2017-18, only 16,781 victims received £154m in compensation.

Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW), along with its member Rape Crisis Centres and partners including Victim Support, Barnardo's and Liberty, have long called for a complete overhaul of the current CIC Scheme, which disadvantages and sometimes even retraumatises victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, rape and all forms of sexual violence.

As a result of sustained campaigning, informed by the direct experience and testimony of sexual violence and abuse victims and survivors, and following a recommendation from the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), the Ministry of Justice is currently in the process of reforming the Scheme.

In response to the latest figures, Rape Crisis, Victim Support, Barnardo's and Liberty said:

“As a coalition we have long called for fairer compensation for victims of child sexual abuse. It is deeply concerning to see the overall number of victims receiving payments has fallen so dramatically in recent years, particularly in light of the number of valid claims our organisations have seen rejected.

“The government’s welcome review of the compensation scheme presents a golden opportunity to make it truly fit for purpose. If necessary, the government must increase the budget for CICA so that victims get the compensation they rightly deserve.”

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