Outdated “Same roof” rule formally abolished, allowing victims to re-apply for compensation.

As of 13 June 2019, Ministers have formally abolished the archaic “same roof” rule which, until now, prevented victims of non-recent abuse suffered at the hands of someone living under the same roof as the victim claiming for compensation if they lived with their attacker pre - 1979.


How do you make a claim?


If you were subject to abuse prior to 1979 (but after 1964) and shared the same home at the time with your abuser, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation for your suffering.


Claims can be made in relation to mental or physical injury and/or sexual or physical abuse providing eligibility requirements are satisfied. The process involves submitting an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA); the organisation that deals with compensating victims who have suffered abuse.


In 2017-18, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme paid out more than £150m in damages to victims of abuse.


Have you already submitted a claim to the CICA?


If you have previously submitted a claim to the CICA that was rejected on the application of the “same roof” rule, the abolishment of the rule now means, subject to meeting eligible claim criteria, you can resubmit your claim for compensation. 


How long do I have to make a claim?


Following the abolishment of the “same roof” rule, potential claimants have up to 2 years to submit a claim to the CICA. After June 2021, your application could be refused.


So, what now?


If you, or a loved one, has been affected by physical or sexual abuse, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced lawyers who will be happy to speak to you about whether it may be possible to pursue a CICA claim following the abolishment of the “same roof” rule.


Our specialist Abuse Team has extensive experience dealing with the CICA, and has acted for clients in submitting applications for compensation awards.

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