Compensation for Victims of Domestic Violence

If you have suffered injury or harm as a result of domestic violence then you are eligible to file a claim and get the requested compensation from the government victim to help you recover from your incident.

Many domestic violence victims feel helpless in these scenarios, thinking that no one can help them get out but that’s definitely not the case.

Types of domestic violence

Domestic violence takes many different forms, all of which can have a disastrous impact on your mentally and physically well-being.

All kinds of domestic violence are frightening; but often the line might feel distorted between what’s morally right and wrong, as someone who is guilty of abuse is likely to be close to you.

Various type of Domestic violence might include Physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse and sexual abuse.

Once you’ve decided to get separated from the person causing your pain, you may consider filing a claim for compensation for your injuries; that’s where a qualified legal attorney will assist.

You can apply for compensation if-

  • Physical and emotional damages caused by violent action.
  • Loss of earnings due to physical abuse.
  • Any other expenses incurred, such as dental or medical bills.

You can only claim these compensations if you have been injured for more than 28 weeks as a result of what happened.


The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority exists to provide financial assistance to people who have suffered from a criminal injury. It is a government financed and designed to protect people in situations where they have been victims of violent crime, including domestic violence.

Because of the existence of certain types of domestic violence, it may also be challenging to prove it. That’s why securing a conviction for these offences can be difficult, because you may believe you ‘re not going to receive the assistance you need.

In order to be eligible for compensation for any type of domestic violence injury, you must file a claim within 2 years of the violence occur.

Roles of CICA

The CICA makes it fairly straightforward to sue for redress for domestic assault and harassment cases, it looks more closely into the conditions of the accident and determines if the event was unique or one of a sequence of events. They also take into account when the incident occur and how the victim has dealt.

What happens after I have applied for the compensation?

The CICA must accept receipt of the request and then examine the case.

This implies that even if your partner was absolved at their  hearing because the defendant could not prove any reasonable cause that they committed the crime, you may still be offered compensation because it is more likely than not that they did.

Once the CICA has finished its enquiries, they will let you know whether you are eligible to get compensation or not.

What You Need To Support Your Claim

Hold your medications on your accounts and hospitals should you seek medical attention for your accidents. These provide evidence of physical abuse that is irrefutable.

If you have submitted a police report, that can also be used as actual evidence.

Many victims of domestic abuse are happy to escape the abuse and do not want to interact with the offender any further. Although this through sound like the simple way out because you have to live with the physical and emotional consequences, it helps the attacker get off the hook.

Filing a domestic violence claim not only helps you to retain your abusive partner, it also helps you get rid on this painful experience permanently and makes sure that your injuries are compensated fairly.


Author Bio: Mitchell is an experienced personal injury lawyer in Gold Coast. He is a Senior Associate and was admitted to the Queensland Supreme Court in December 2012.

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