Evidence to MoJ Review of Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

Evidence to MoJ Review of Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme The denial of compensation to victims of sexual offences with criminal convictions is a scandal. Survivors in our network have been denied what should be an unquestionable entitlement for the violent crimes committed against them. We are outraged that the MOJ omits this rule from the … Read more

Government announces Same Roof victims can re-apply for compensation

Government announces Same Roof victims can re-apply for compensation See government press release here. Congratulations everyone who campaigned for this change – what a wonderful if very belated victory for grassroots claimants /campaigners! It seems that the government has decided not to make people wait for the end of their Review of the Compensation Scheme … Read more

Government announces scrapping of ‘same roof’ rule

Government announces scrapping of ‘same roof’ rule This government press release was published on 28 Feb 2019, a victory for all those who campaigned against the discriminatory rules of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/access-to-compensation-scheme-for-victims-who-lived-with-their-attacker The ‘same roof’ rule had been used to deny compensation to anyone who had been sexually attacked before 1979 by … Read more

Our comment on Government’s planned review of CICA rules

Our comment on Government’s planned review of CICA rules   MINISTRY OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCES REVIEW OF COMPENSATION RULES ON SEXUAL OFFENCES – a VICTORY for grassroots campaigners! “Nobody should be made to feel worthless as you do when you get a compensation refusal letter.” The announcement 9-10 September (see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45462128) from the Ministry of Justice … Read more

Same Roof Rule is finally defeated, overturning decades of injustice

Victims of sexual violence win Appeal Court victory A landmark Appeal Court ruling on 24 July 2018 has reversed decades of injustice, upholding for the first time a claimant’s right to compensation even though she lived under the same roof as her attacker at the time. The Appeal Court decided that the woman, identified as … Read more

Press Release: Criminal injuries compensation awards – rules designed to exclude rape victims

PRESS RELEASE . . . PRESS RELEASE . . . PRESS RELEASE . . . PRESS Women Against Rape says hundreds of vulnerable victims of rape and other sexual offences are denied statutory help as a result of rules designed to exclude as many victims as possible from compensation. The new figures we release today … Read more

SOSA demand proportionate payment for those abused at Shirley Oaks home



Historic child abuse victims are contemplating employing a top human rights lawyer after it emerged some of them will get the same compensation as people who were in care homes the same length of time but did not suffer abuse.

More than 400 victims of an organised paedophile ring within Lambeth’s children’s homes, going back as far as the 1950s, have now applied for payments under the town hall’s redress scheme.

But it has emerged in recent weeks that everyone who was placed in the homes for six months or more will get £10,000, whether or not they were victims of the ring.

Those who were just placed there for the same six-month period, but were not racially or sexually abused, will get the same £10,000 compensation.

Some people, who had previously been assessed as being entitled to, for example, £6,000 or £8,000 compensation for sexual or racial abuse they suffered, are not getting that extra compensation if they have already had their £10,000 payment for being in “harm’s way” – which anyone who was in the homes for more than six months is entitled to.

Some people assessed as entitled to £20,000, because of the abuse they suffered, are now getting another £10,000 on top of their £10,000 “Harm’s Way Payment” (HWP). But they are unhappy that they will not receive the £20,000 on top of the HWP.

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Open Letter for compensation to Secretary of Justice

Open Letter for compensation to Secretary of Justice Rt Hon. David Gauke Secretary of State for Justice  6 June 2018 Dear David Gauke We collectively represent the experience and demands of thousands of survivors of rape, domestic violence and sex crimes suffered as children or adults. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is discriminating against victims … Read more

Same roof rule petition

Sign this important petition against the ‘Same Roof rule’ – which prevents victims getting compensation if they lived in the same house as their attacker before 1 October 1979