If you like our news articles, subscribe here to receive our newsletter.

A loophole in legislation providing compensation for abuse victims has been closed (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-52987937). Prior to this change in the law, if a person was a victim of abuse and lived in the same household as their abuser between the years 1969 - 1988, they were not entitled to seek recompense through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Agency. This has been rectified and the any person eligible under the CICA scheme has two years from now to make a claim in respect of abuse suffered between 1969 – 1988.

To qualify under the CICA scheme the perpetrator will usually need to have been convicted of a crime.

Individuals can make an application to CICA directly, however if you need any advice regarding applications in relation to this issue in particular or criminal injuries compensation in general, please contact our litigation department or Bronagh directly at Bronagh.mulgrew@edwardsandcompany.co.uk

Chambers 2020 Logo