You may be able to claim compensation if you were the victim of a violent crime. This includes if:
- You were injured.
- A close relative died.
- You saw the crime happen to a loved one (or were there immediately afterward).
- You paid for the funeral of a person who died.
You usually have to claim within 2 years of the crime. The crime must have been reported to the police before you apply.
You may also be able to claim compensation if you were taking a ‘justified and exceptional’ risk trying to stop a crime. For example, somebody was in danger and it was not a situation that you were trained to deal with.
The crime must have happened in England, Wales, or Scotland. It must be reported to the police.
When you can claim
In most cases, you must apply within 2 years of the crime happening.
You may be able to claim for a crime that happened more than 2 years ago if one or both of the following apply:
- You are claiming because of childhood sexual or physical abuse.
- You could not claim earlier, for example, because your mental or physical health stopped you.
You may also be able to claim if the crime happened before 1 October 1979 and you lived with the attacker as a family member at the time of the incident.