Using A CICA Claim Calculator To Work Out Sexual Abuse Compensation

This guide will explain the benefits of using a CICA claim calculator to get a sexual abuse compensation estimate tailored to your case. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is an executive agency that runs a Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme through which victims of crimes of violence can be compensated. This is one of the ways through which a criminal injury claim can be brought. The CICA do not have their own compensation calculator. 

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Using a CICA claim calculator guide

Below we have included examples of the other claims that could be made:

  • Claim against the perpetrator directly – To do this, you must know the person’s identity, and they need to have the available funds to pay the compensation amount. 
  • Claim against a vicariously liable third party – For example, a school may have failed to carry out a DBS check on a teacher, which would have shown previous violent crimes related to the school abuse you suffered and would have prevented them from being hired.  The third party needs to have breached the duty of care that they owed you, resulting in the harm you experienced. 

In this guide, we will focus on claims made through the CICA. You can speak to a member of our team at Sexual Abuse Compensation Advice to make an enquiry. Our team of advisors are available to provide free and confidential advice at any time. 

To get in touch, you can: 

  • Use the phone number provided
  • Contact us by filling out our online form
  • Write to an advisor using the live chat support feature on this page

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  1. A Guide To Using A CICA Claim Calculator To Work Out Sexual Abuse Compensation
  2. Potential Compensation Payouts For A Sexual Abuse Claim
  3. Can I Use A CICA Claim Calculator To Determine My Potential Compensation?
  4. What Evidence Do I Need When Making A Claim With The CICA?
  5. Can I Use A No Win No Fee Sexual Abuse Compensation Solicitor?
  6. Read More About Using A CICA Claim Calculator

A Guide To Using A CICA Claim Calculator To Work Out Sexual Abuse Compensation

A claim calculator can provide an estimation of the compensation you could be eligible to receive after being the victim of a sexual offence. The NSPCC describes child sexual abuse as being forced or tricked into activities of a sexual nature as a child or young person. A child is anyone under the age of 18.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is an independent body responsible for prosecuting investigated criminal cases. They provide a useful definition for sexual assault, which is where one person touches another person sexually without their consent.

To apply to the CICA to make a sexual offence compensation claim, you must consider the eligibility requirements they lay out. These include the following: 

  • The incident must have been reported to the police.
  • You need to be a direct victim of a crime of violence. Sexual assault is considered a crime of violence by the CICA. 
  • The incident must have occurred within England, Scotland, Wales or another relevant space. 

In the next section, we will provide a table that you can use in place of a CICA claim calculator. However, if you would like to speak with a member of our team, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Potential Compensation Payouts For A Sexual Abuse Claim

A successful criminal injury claim made through the CICA for a sexual offence could see you receive an award consisting of up to two potential heads of claim. Firstly, you could receive compensation for the physical and psychological harm you have suffered due to the violent crime.

Secondly, you could receive a special expenses payout for certain costs incurred as a result of your injuries. We will discuss special expenses in further detail in the next section.  

Below we have provided a table of potential compensation amounts for different types of harm. The CICA does not have its own CICA claim calculator. Therefore, we have used the tariff of injuries outlined in the Scheme. Legal professionals can also refer to the tariff to help them value criminal injury settlements. 

Sexual offences where the victim
is of any age.
Details Compensation Amount
Penile penetration of one or more of the anus, vagina or mouth without consent. The violent crime results in the person suffering from serious internal physical injuries alongside a permanent severe disabling mental illness verified by psychiatric prognosis. £44,000
Penile penetration of one or more of the anus, vagina or mouth without consent. The violent crime results in the person suffering from serious internal physical injuries alongside a permanent moderate disabling mental illness verified by psychiatric prognosis.£33,000
Penile penetration of one or more of the anus, vagina or mouth without consent. The violent crime results in the person suffering from serious internal physical injuries.£22,000
Penile penetration of one or more of the anus, vagina or mouth without consent. The crime was carried out by two or more attackers. £13,500
Penile penetration of one or more of the anus, vagina or mouth without consent. The crime was carried out by a single attacker. £11,000
Sexual assault. The violent crime results in the person suffering from a permanent severe disabling mental illness verified by psychiatric prognosis. £27,000
Sexual assault. The violent crime results in the person suffering from serious internal physical injuries.£22,000
Sexual assault. The violent crime results in the person suffering from a permanent moderate disabling mental illness verified by psychiatric prognosis.£22,000
Sexual assault. There will have been a pattern of frequently repeated severe abuse by one or more attackers over a period of three years or more. £8,200
Sexual assault. Severe oral-genital or non-penile penetrative acts. £3,300

When a claim is made through the CICA, an award can cover up to three qualifying injuries from the main CICA tariff. However, the following conditions will apply:

  • The injury of the highest value – 100% of the tariff figure will be awarded.
  • The injury of the second highest value or equal – 30% of the tariff figure will be awarded.
  • The injury of the third highest value or equal – 15% of the tariff figure will be awarded.

The tariff does state that there are specific instances in which you could qualify for an additional payment that comes from a separate tariff and so is not affected by the conditions above. This includes instances where, as a direct result of the abuse, you have lost a foetus, become pregnant or caught a sexually transmitted disease.

Special Expenses In A Sexual Abuse Claim

You may also be eligible to receive an award for certain monetary losses directly resulting from the harm you have suffered due to the violent crime. These expenses must be considered necessary, reasonable and not be available elsewhere for free. 

To be deemed eligible to receive compensation for special expenses, the criminal injury must impact your capacity to earn for longer than 28 weeks. The CICA would only award reimbursement for loss of earnings from week 29, whereas they will pay for financial losses from the date of the injury.

A special expenses payout could include compensation for care costs relating to bodily functions and meal preparation.   

The compensation awarded for a successful criminal injury case may differ depending upon the way in which you claim. However, if you do make a claim through the CICA, a claim calculator could help you determine how much you may be eligible to receive.  

Can I Use A CICA Claim Calculator To Determine My Potential Compensation? 

A compensation calculator can ask you to provide details about your case to determine an accurate valuation estimate. This could include:

  • Details of the injuries you have sustained 
  • Information regarding financial losses you have suffered
  • Information used to determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements laid out by the CICA
  • The length of time that has passed since the injury occurred

If you have any questions regarding the use of a CICA claim calculator, please speak to one of our advisors. 

What Evidence Do I Need When Making A Claim With The CICA?

When applying to the CICA to make a claim for the effects of sexual abuse, you may be required to provide certain evidence that proves you meet the eligibility requirements. This evidence could include the following: 

  • Evidence of you meeting the residency requirements outlined by the CICA.
  • A crime reference number, which proves that you have reported the crime to the police.  
  • Medical reports as evidence of your injuries. 
  • Evidence of any monetary losses resulting from the violent crime.

The CICA will need your police reference number so that they can confirm the incident was reported to the police and communicate with them about other relevant aspects of your circumstances.

If you would like to find out more about securing CICA compensation, speak with an advisor today.

Can I Use A No Win No Fee Sexual Abuse Compensation Solicitor?

It is not a legal requirement for you to use the services of a solicitor when making a criminal injury claim. However, using a criminal injury solicitor can prove beneficial for you. Under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which is one form of No Win No Fee agreement, you will generally benefit from the following:

  • No upfront or ongoing fees for a solicitor’s services.
  • No payments for a solicitor’s services should your claim not succeed. 
  • All expenses will be discussed between you and your solicitor before entering into the agreement. A small success fee will be taken from the compensation by a No Win No Fee solicitor if your claim succeeds. This is a legally capped percentage; therefore, you won’t be overcharged.  

Speak to an advisor for a free assessment of your claim. If they find you could be eligible, they may connect you with one of the sexual abuse claims solicitors from our panel, who may offer to represent your claim under a CFA.

Contact Us To See If You Can Make A Sexual Abuse Claim

Please speak to a member of our team for insight into whether you may have valid grounds to make a claim following a violent sexual crime. They may be able to give a more accurate assessment of your claim than a CICA claim calculator could. 

To get in touch, you can: 

  • Use the phone number provided
  • Contact us by filling out our online form
  • Write to an advisor using the live chat support feature on this page

Read More About Using A CICA Claim Calculator

To learn more about different criminal injury claims, explore more of our guides: 

Additionally, we have provided links to external sources for further information and support:

Thank you for reading this guide to using a CICA claim calculator to get a sexual abuse compensation estimate tailored to your case.

Guide by Fern Scrimshaw

Published by Jess Ocean