Victims of historic abuse who were previously prevented from claiming compensation under the ‘same roof rule’ have until June 13th 2021 to submit their application to the CICA
What is the ‘same roof rule’?
The rule meant that victims of abuse were not able to receive compensation if they lived with their abuser. This was changed in 1979, but not retrospectively.
This unjust rule meant thousands of victims were not able to receive compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), simply because their abuser lived under the same roof as them before August 1979. The CICA abolished the ‘same roof rule’ in 2019. The CICA set a two year period for individuals to submit their claims. Those that had submitted their claim and been rejected because of incidents happening before 1979 were allowed to submit a new claim.
What happens on June 13th 2021?
Those that could not make a claim or have had their claim rejected because it happened before 1979 have until June 13th 2021 to submit their claim. So, if you were the victim of abuse at the hands of someone you lived with between 1964 and 1979 then you now may be eligible.
What happens if I miss the deadline?
The deadline is set therefore an individual would need to be able to prove extenuating circumstances to be able to bring a claim later than June 13th (eg. severe mental health issues).
How can Linder Myers help?
At Linder Myers, our specialist historic abuse lawyers are highly experienced in CICA claims. We understand how difficult talking about your experiences can be and we act with the upmost sensitivity at all times.
Get in touch today for a confidential discussion with of our team who will be able to advise you about the process and prepare an application to the CICA on your behalf should you wish to bring a claim.