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  Carol Peach    
  September 6, 2019

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) – ‘Same roof rule’ - victims of domestic abuse and violent crime.

Spencers Solicitors welcome the introduction of new legislation (June 2019) which will assist the victims of violent crime and domestic abuse.

The ‘same roof’ rule was deemed to be outdated and flawed, denying genuine claims from victims and has now been abolished.

The law previously prevented victims who lived under the same roof as their attacker from claiming compensation for their injuries. This included sexual assault on children who were abused by members of the same household.

Incidents occurring between August 1964 and 30 September 1979 are now to be considered, allowing victims who have previously been denied an award, or who did not come forward at the time, to make an application, providing the Scheme’s criteria is met. (Further information can be found on the website)

The time limit for the historic applications is 2 years from 13 June 2019.

All other CICA claims should be made within 2 years of any assault.

Spencers Solicitors can make a claim to the CICA on your behalf to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. If you would like to pursue a criminal injury compensation claim the first thing to do is contact us. You can call us on 08000 93 00 94 or send us an Online Claim Enquiry.

About the Author - Carol Peach

Carol is a Paralegal within our Serious Injury Team.

Carol, who joined the business in December 2000, has worked in various client facing roles during her tenure, all of which have provided Carol with valuable insight and experience for her role within the Serious Injury Team. Carol assists the team on a wide range of integral tasks involving complex injury including cases involving amputations, serious spinal injuries resulting in permanent disability, brain, head injuries and fatal accidents.

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