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Criminal compensation for victims who suffer injury abroad.

If you suffer physical injury or psychological harm as a result of a crime committed abroad you may be able to claim victim compensation.

EU countries for example have an agreement that allows victims of crime to be compensated in certain circumstances. However this agreement is no longer reciprocal post Brexit.

The European Union Council Directive 2004/80/EC compels member states to set up a compensation scheme that guarantees fair and appropriate compensation to victims of violent crime. The rules of each scheme will differ slightly and there is no guidance available at this time for UK nationals as to how the Brexit transition will impact rights to claim criminal injury compensation.

The UK Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme which is operated by the CICA are no longer offering direct assistance in relation to incidents abroad as far as we are aware. It is worth calling the CICA on 0300 003 3601 to make an enquiry and they may provide some guidance.

The general principle is that those who are injured as a result of a crime abroad may be entitled to some compensation in certain circumstances. It is therefore advisable to take the following steps:

  1. Report any crime to the police as soon as possible.
  2. Take details of the crime reference and reporting police officer
  3. Make sure you seek medical attention and that you have evidence of doing so.
  4. Contact the High Commission or Consulate in the country where the incident occurred. The full official list of Embassies can be found here.

** PLEASE BE AWARE**  Regrettably we do not handle claims arising from injury suffered abroad. However there may be other legal firms who can assist so it is worth making suitable enquiries.

This page was last updated: February 2021