Victims of Abuse
Coming forward with information about any type of abuse may be extremely difficult. Compensation Solicitors Online understand the sensitivity of abuse cases and handle them with the utmost professionalism, empathy and compassion. Whether you have been a victim, or you have witnessed someone else being abused, this is without doubt a traumatising experience. Our solicitors will ensure that you feel safe and secure during the claim process.

You can claim compensation if you have been a victim of abuse, regardless of the particular type of abuse, including:

FACTS AND STATISTICS

  • In 2011/12, 7.3% women (1.2 million) and 5% men (800,000) report having experienced domestic abuse.
  • 31% women and 18% men have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16. This amounts to 5 million women and 2.9 million men.
  • Domestic violence accounts for 10% of emergency calls.
  • Women are much more likely than men to be the victim of multiple incidents of abuse, of different types of domestic abuse (partner abuse, family abuse, sexual assault and stalking) and in particular of sexual violence.
  • 1 in 5 women (20%) have been victim of sexual abuse since the age of 16.
  • There are around 500,000 victims of sexual assault each year 85%-90% of whom are women.
  • In 2011, 2,873 men were prosecuted for rape and 40% (1153) were convicted.
  • 42,850 children have reported to be victims of abuse in 2012 according to the Child Protection Register in England:
    • 18,220 victims of neglect
    • 4,690 victims of physical abuse
    • 2,220 victims of sexual abuse
    • 12,330 victims of emotional abuse
    • 5,390 victims of multiple types of abuse.
  • Over 500,000 elder people in the UK are abused every year, which is roughly 5% of the older population.
  • 42% of incidents are alleged to take place in the victim’s own home.
  • 227,000 people aged 66 and over (1 in 40 of the older population) experience mistreatment in their very own home, usually at the hands of a family member, friend or care worker.

YOUR CLAIM

You may make a claim in two ways:

  • A civil claim against the abuser.
  • A claim against the abuser’s employer, e.g. local authority and their insurers, thereby allowing us to dispense with the need to have any direct contact with the abuser and to deal exclusively with his employer’s insurer.
  • A claim for compensation to the Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) (for more information on CICA claims see our section on Criminal Injury Claims).

WHY COMPENSATION SOLICITORS ONLINE?

Our expert solicitors have many years of experience in abuse cases against individuals, organizations, including schools, care homes, charitable organizations, children’s homes, local authorities and the Church.

An example of a recent case involves our client who went to her GP to get ‘the morning after’ pill. Her doctor abused her sexually by grabbing her, asking inappropriate questions and trying to undress our client.

We understand that such a situation may be embarrassing and humiliating to the victim. We can provide the full support which you need in order not only to get the compensation which you deserve, but also to recover from the trauma, and to achieve justice.

TIMING

CIVIL CLAIM
Generally, personal injury claims have a three year time limit i.e. court proceedings have to be issued at least one day before the third anniversary of the incident, otherwise they will be time barred and you will no longer be able to pursue your claim. (There are a few exceptions to this rule and the court does have some very limited discretion to extend the various time limits). You can still pursue a claim for personal injury after the third anniversary of the incident, you just have to make sure court proceedings have been issued before that third anniversary in order to do so. We will be happy to discuss this further with you.

If you are a minor at the time of the accident, i.e. under 18 then the 3 year limitation date starts to run after you have turned 18. Furthermore, there also a complicated set of rules that allows the 3 years limitation date period to run from the date of knowledge of the incident/accident. These rules normally apply to clinical/medical negligence cases or industrial disease claims, where they may be a long latency period between the incident giving rise to your claim and you first suffering any symptoms and becoming aware of it. The rules on this are technical and we will, once again, be happy to discuss this in detail with you.

The limitation period may be extended by the court, where it is equitable to do so, e.g. in cases of historic abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse, etc. Please contact us to discuss your options.

CICA CLAIM
For CICA claims an application for compensation must be strictly submitted within two years of the accident.

FUNDING

There are a variety of funding options open to you. We will discuss these options with you in more detail and where appropriate represent you on a no win no fee basis (also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement).

MAKE A CLAIM

If you would like to speak directly to one of our team you can either call us on 0208 203 4999 or send us your enquiry and we will give you a call back to discuss your claim within 1 business day.

VICTIM SUPPORT

If you or anyone you know has suffered abuse you should report it to the Police, and contact our solicitors on 0208 203 4999 or use our contact form.

If it is not an emergency situation you can contact the Police on 101 and report the abuse.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) http://www.nspcc.org.uk/
Samaritans http://www.samaritans.org/
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) http://www.napac.org.uk/
Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse (HAVOCA) http://www.havoca.org/
Male Survivor http://www.malesurvivor.org/
Abuse Survivors http://www.abuse-survivors.org.uk/
Victim Support http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-for-victims/different-types-of-crime/domestic-abuse
Mind http://www.mind.org.uk/mental_health_a-z/8036_abuse
Help Guide http://www.helpguide.org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_help_treatment_prevention.htm
Hidden Hurt http://www.helpguide.org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_help_treatment_prevention.htm

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