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Domestic abuse victims wait almost two years for compensation

22nd Feb 2017

Government statistics have revealed that victims of domestic violence wait almost two years on average to receive compensation for the abuse they suffered.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) stated that its most recent statistics showed that it took an average of 612 days (about 20 months) for a payout from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

CICA, the government agency which compensates people who have been physically or mentally injured as blameless victims of violent crime, has a customer charter which states that applicants should expect to wait up to 12 months for payments.

Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats’, said the statistics showed unacceptable delays in the system, calling it “truly sickening that victims of domestic violence are treated with such utter disregard.”

The justice minister, Phillip Lee, said that the delay in some cases could be beneficial to the victim as “In some complex cases, where medical treatment is ongoing or the level of recovery is unknown, it may be in the best interests of an applicant not to settle their claim until the long-term implications of an injury can be properly assessed.”

The government has moved in recent months to reduce victims’ stress in dealing with the legal process, including legislative measures that prevent victims from being interrogated in court by former partners.