Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Review 2020

Closed 9 Oct 2020

Opened 16 Jul 2020


The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (the Scheme) is a statutory scheme that exists to compensate victims of violent crime in Great Britain. Its core purpose is to recognise, through compensation, the harm experienced by victims injured as a result of violent crime, including physical and sexual assault as well as domestic terrorist attacks. The Scheme was last reviewed in 2012.

The cross-Government Victims Strategy of September 2018 included undertakings to do more for victims at every stage of the criminal justice system. As part of this, we committed to a comprehensive review of the Scheme and the terms of reference were published in December 2018. The review has examined whether the Scheme remains fit for purpose, reflects the changing nature of violent crime and effectively supports victims in their recovery.

The Equalities Statement can be found in Annex A of the consultation document.


  • Citizens
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Young people
  • Charities
  • Legal professionals
  • Judiciary
  • Police
  • Victims


  • Compensation
  • Criminal justice