You might 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 afterwards)
- you paid for the funeral of a person who died
You usually have to claim within 2 years of the crime. The crime must be reported to the police before you apply.
It does not cost anything to apply.
If you were injured trying to stop a crime
You might 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.
Get practical and emotional support
Visit Victim and Witness information if you are in England and Wales.
You can also get help and advice from your trade union.
- Make a claim
- What happens next
- Update your claim
- If you are a victim who lived with the attacker before 1 October 1979
For further information: