How Do I Claim Historical Abuse Compensation?

This guide will explain how to claim historical abuse compensation. The term historic abuse refers to abuse that an adult experienced while they were still a child.  We sometimes refer to historic abuse as non-recent abuse.

Historical abuse compensation

Historical abuse compensation claim guide

If you have experienced historical abuse, you may still experience the effects of this. Victims of a crime can claim compensation in certain circumstances. In some cases, you might be able to claim against the perpetrator or against an organisation that was vicariously liable for the abuse taking place.

In other circumstances, you might be able to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). This is an organisation sponsored by the government (in particular, the Ministry of Justice) that compensates people who have been injured in crimes of violence.

Public Interest Lawyers can provide you with a knowledgeable solicitor to handle your criminal injury claim. They may be able to handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis, so you won’t have to pay an upfront solicitors fee.

To see if you could begin your claim for historic and sexual abuse compensation, please contact us today. You can:

  • Call us today on 0800 408 7825
  • Use our contact form to begin your claim online
  • Use the live chat feature to the bottom-right of this screen

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When Could You Claim Historical Abuse Compensation?

You may be eligible to claim historical abuse compensation if you have been harmed by historical child abuse. You may make a historic sexual abuse claim against an institution that failed to protect you. For example, if you were sexually abused by a teacher in a school and the school failed to perform a DBS check that would have alerted them to previous convictions, then this might be grounds to make a claim.

Another route for seeking compensation is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). In order to claim through the CICA, the incident must have been reported to the police.

As well as physical harm, historic sexual abuse can cause psychological injuries like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety or depression. If you are struggling with a psychiatric injury caused by historic child abuse, you may be eligible to claim compensation.

For more information on claiming historical abuse compensation,  speak with a member of our team today.

What Is The Definition Of Historic Abuse?

Historic abuse is defined as abuse that an adult experienced while they were still a child. Because of the definition of historic abuse, it’s possible that years or even decades could have passed between the incident occurring and the claim being made.

When you’re claiming through the CICA, there is generally a two-year time limit to doing so. However, exceptions can apply in the case of historic abuse.

You may be able to claim compensation if you can show that extenuating circumstances stopped you from being able to report the incident to the police or start a claim within the expected timeframe.

It’s usually expected with CICA claims that you report the incident to the police as soon as possible- this is usually within 2 years of the incident happening. However, in cases of child sexual abuse, this might not be possible.

This is because, in some cases, the child may be too embarrassed or afraid to say anything about the abuse they are enduring. In other cases, they may not realise that anything is wrong with the situation they find themselves in.

For more information on claiming historical abuse compensation, speak with an advisor today.

How Common Is Historical Abuse?

Here are some key figures from the Crime Survey of England and Wales about the prevalence of historic childhood abuse:

  • 8.5 million adults in England and Wales aged 18 – 74 had experienced one or more types of child abuse under 16. Types of abuse experienced include emotional abuse, sexual abuse and physical abuse.
  • 3.1 million adults in England and Wales aged 18 – 74 had experienced sexual abuse under 16, including in instances where the perpetrators were adults and other children.
  • 481,000 adults in England and Wales aged 18 – 74 have experienced physical neglect before 16.

For more information on how abuse as a child can affect you, read on. You can also get in touch with our team for information on claiming historical abuse compensation.

What Could Be The Effects Of Historical Abuse?

Those who have been affected by abuse as children might be physically or emotionally injured as a result. What’s more, these injuries and effects may follow them into adulthood and affect their ability to cope with life.

The long term effects of non-recent abuse can include the following:

  • Problems with emotions, for example, low self-esteem, sadness or anxiety.
  • Issues with mental health, for example, depression or eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia.
  • Substance issues, for example, a dependence on drugs or alcohol.
  • Disturbing or intrusive thoughts
  • Poor physical health
  • Problems parenting or with relationships with others

You might be affected by historical abuse in a way that we have not mentioned above. You may still be able to claim historical abuse compensation for the harm you were caused; speak with an advisor today for more information.

Historical Abuse Compensation Calculator

When you make a claim through the CICA, you will receive compensation for the physical and psychological pain and suffering caused by your injuries. As part of the claims process, you might be invited to a medical assessment so that your injuries can be valued.

The compensation amounts for these claims are based on tariffs from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012. We have used some of these figures to create the table below:

Reason For ClaimPayout LevelAbout
Sexual Assault (Victim is a child) £1,000Minor sexual assault including non-penetrative acts which take place over the clothes.
Sexual Assault (Victim is a child) £3,300Sexual assault which includes one instance of oral / genital acts such as non-penile penetration.
Sexual Assault (Victim is a child) £6,600Assault with a pattern of abuse which lasted for up to three years.
Sexual Assault (Victim is a child) £8,200Assault with a pattern of abuse and violence which has happened for three years or longer.
Sexual Assault (Victim is a child) £22,000Frequent sexual abuse or assault which has resulted in the victim having serious internal injuries.
Sexual Assault (Victim is a child) £11,000Where a single attacker committed an act of non-consensual penetration of the mouth, vagina or anus in one incident.
Sexual Assault (Victim is a child) £13,500Where an attack has been carried out as above, but carried out by 2 or more people.
Sexual Assault (Victim is a child) £22,000Where an attack has been carried out similar to the above, but where the person has suffered internal injuries.
Infection with HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C. £5,500Substantial recovery
Infection with HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C. £11,000Permanent disability

As well as the compensation for your injuries, you could also receive special expenses. In order to claim special expenses, you will need to show that you lost earnings for at least 28 weeks after the incident.

Many special expenses will be compensated from the date of the accident, but a loss of earnings can only be paid once you’ve been out of work for 28 full weeks. The costs claimed back on special expenses must also be reasonable, necessary and incurred as a direct result of the incident.

For more information on what could be included in a historical abuse compensation claim, speak with an advisor today.

Contact Us To Make A No Win No Fee Claim

To begin your historical abuse compensation claim, please contact our team of advisors today. We can connect you with a skilled solicitor to handle your compensation claim. Our criminal injury lawyers have solid experience managing claims for historical abuse. Moreover, you can fund your solicitor by making a claim with a No Win No Fee agreement in place.

With a No Win No Fee agreement, you won’t be expected to pay your solicitor anything unless you’re awarded compensation. In the event that your claim is not successful, you will not have to pay anything to your solicitor at all.

If you are awarded compensation, then a success fee will be deducted from your compensation. This success fee will be subject to a legal cap, ensuring you get most of the compensation you’re awarded.

We understand that historical abuse is a highly sensitive subject. We will handle any communications sensitively and your call will be confidential.

You can:

  • Call us today on 0800 408 7825
  • Use our contact form to begin your claim online
  • Use the live chat feature to the bottom-right of this screen

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We appreciate you taking the time to read our historic abuse claims guide. If you wish to know more, please read these related guides.

What Are the Indicators of Sexual Abuse?

Historic Sexual Abuse Claims Specialists

Claiming Compensation For Sexual Abuse In Scotland

If you are a survivor of historical abuse, some organisations can help you. Please feel free to look at these online guides.

Help for survivors of historic child abuse, from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood.

Effects of child abuse from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

A guide to spotting child sexual abuse from the NHS.

If you have any more questions about claiming historical abuse compensation, please get in touch.

Article by AL

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