How Does CICA Award Compensation For Sexual Abuse Cases?
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) may award compensation to victims of sexual abuse who have suffered physical or psychological harm as a result of the abuse. The amount of compensation awarded will depend on the specific circumstances of the case, including the severity and impact of the harm suffered.
In sexual abuse cases, the CICA will typically consider a number of factors when determining the amount of compensation to award, including:
The nature and extent of the abuse: This includes the type of abuse, how often it occurred, and how long it lasted.
The impact of the abuse: This includes any physical or psychological harm suffered as a result of the abuse, such as injuries, trauma, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The age of the victim at the time of the abuse: The CICA may take into account the victim’s age at the time of the abuse when determining the amount of compensation to award.
Any financial losses suffered as a result of the abuse: This can include lost earnings or medical expenses incurred as a result of the abuse.
How much can the CICA award for sexual assault and sexual abuse claims?
Our sexual abuse calculator in the main menu will help you with estimating the potential compensation that may be paid in respect of your sexual abuse claim. However, be aware that figures do vary considerably depending upon the nature (severity) of the abuse, period of suffering and whether any mental harm has been caused. Some common example award payouts are listed below relevant to sexual assault and sexual abuse claims:
Molestation above or under clothing: £1,500 – £2,000
Non penile penetrative acts: £3,300 – £8,200
Penile penetrative assaults single event or over a period (rape assaults): £11,000 – £22,000
Two or more isolated acts of non-penile penetrative oral contact: £4,400
Up to three years’ repetitive abuse: £6,600
Over three years’ abuse: £8,200
Single act of non-consensual penetrative sex (rape – vagina, anus or mouth): £11,000
Single act of non-consensual penetrative sex involving two or more attackers: £13,500
Repeated rape over three years: £16,500 to £22,000
Permanent physical and mental disability due to long-term abuse: £33,000 to £44,000
If you suffer from mental illness you can only claim for this element if you have a condition diagnosed by a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist. This is the standard of evidence that the CICA (very unreasonably) require. The following awards are paid for such cases:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) recovery likely: up to £13,500
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) condition likely to be lifelong: £22,000
Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) : up to £22,000
Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) generally deemed lifelong: £22,000
You can only receive one main award, so you will not be compensated for both the abuse itself and also any mental health condition. You receive the higher award from the two categories.
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