CICA SUGGESTIONS TO MoJ AND THE HOME OFFICE BY RAPE CRISIS ENGLAND AND WALES AND SAMMY WOODHOUSE.
Keep a single scheme that is not linked to court compensation orders-Perpetrators cheques arriving over a period of time re traumatises victims over and over.
A specialist trained team to deal specifically with sexual violence claims.
All staff to be trained.
A solution to prevent victims/survivors feeling ‘not updated’ e.g. an online traffic light claim update system.
CICA should pay claims up front from public funds and then seek the assets of perps.
Removal of the 2 year time limit from the incident or report to police.
Online grooming (non contact) is not considered a crime of violence within the scheme.
Interruption to education and the impact on capacity to go on to work(without the need for applicants to have worked)
Victims and survivors rarely report what has happened to their GP therefore evidence from specialist services need to be accepted.
Solicitors refer clients seeking support in claiming CICA (for low value claims) to Rape Crisis Centres, no capacity of funding to deal with this.
Solicitors are taking up to 30% of a victims claim as well as a fee for assisting in claims. This should not be allowed.
Legal Aid should be made available for CICA appeals and tribunals.
The 1979 rule to be abolished.
To ensure the scheme is consistent with the legal position that a child cannot give consent and therefore cannot be a willing party to their own abuse.
Ensure the scheme recognises victims are often groomed to commit crime and this shouldn’t be used against them when claiming.
To ensure the scheme recognises the mental abuse aswell as sexual and physical abuse.