Finally, the tiniest bit of justice


I’m guessing a lot of people won’t have heard of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). I certainly hadn’t until a few years ago, when I attempted to prosecute my brother for the abuse he subjected me to as a child. The police were unable to take the case to court, but they urged me to apply to this fund for compensation, as my brother had been convicted of some offences at the time.

The scheme exists to compensate people who have been physically or mentally injured because they were the victim of a violent crime. You need to have actually managed to get your abuser convicted to apply, which means that it isn’t applicable to a lot of people. And even with that conviction, many applications are rejected. There’s been a lot of controversy around that, as victims are often declined on the grounds of consent; i.e. claims assessors…

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