Claiming for criminal injuries sustained before May 2002
If you are under 21 years of age and were criminally injured on or before 30 April 2002 by a violent offence or abuse while you were still a minor, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Making a claim
To tell the Compensation Services you want to apply for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 1988, you need to fill in a Notice of Intention form.
Download and fill in a Notice of Intention Form.
If Compensation Services assesses and decides the incident is covered by the scheme, they'll send you an application form.
Historic sexual abuse
If you're over 21 years old and want to make a claim for sexual abuse, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme will consider sexual abuse claims that were governed by previous legislation.
Getting help with your claim
If you need help with your claim, contact the Compensation Services.
Decisions about claims are usually made within 18 months however due to staffing issues this is currently taking longer. You should only contact Compensation Services in this 18 month period if you have extra information to support your application.