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Did You Know That Crime Victims In The U.K. Can Apply For Compensation For Being The Victim?

OF COURSE, YOU HAD TO REPORT IT TO THE POLICE

What service the police provide to you is set by the Victims Code of Practice. Under this code you have specific rights, which include;

  • The right to be kept informed about the progress of your case by the police.
  • The right to hear when a suspect is arrested, charged, bailed or sentenced.
  • The right to apply for compensation.
  • The right to make a Victim Personal Statement to explain the impact of the crime.
  • The right to apply for extra help when giving evidence in court if you are vulnerable.
  • The right to be told when an offender will be released.
  • The right to information about taking part in restorative justice schemes.
  • The right to be referred to victims’ support services.

If you feel that your rights under the Code have not been met, then you can complain directly to the police concerned.

If you’ve been the victim of a crime that’s left you injured, or with lost or damaged property, you can apply for compensation. Depending on the crime, there are two different ways you can seek compensation.

CriminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. Injuries Compensation Scheme

If you’ve been physically or mentally injured by a violent crime you can apply for compensation under the UK government’s criminal injuries compensation scheme. This type of compensation can be awarded whether the offender has been caught or not.

Find out more and apply online.

Court-Awarded Compensation

If an offender is convicted of a crime against you, the court may order them to pay you compensation. This could be for a range of reasons, such as:

  • personal injury
  • pain and suffering
  • losses from theft or damage to property
  • losses from fraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim.
  • losses from time off work
  • medical expenses
  • travel expenses

To find out about court-awarded compensation, please contact the officer in charge of your case. They’ll give you more information and make the application for you.

U.K. City of London Police Victims Code of Practice

UK Police VCoP-booklet-1

Other Police regions have similar options for victims. Check with your local U.K. police state for details of available compensation programs.

 

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