The Hardship Fund

If you have been assaulted, then before you can receive an award from the CICA you need to have sustained a minimum level of injury.

Changes made to CICA eligibility in November 2012 have removed some of the lower levels of injuries from the scheme. This means that you will not be compensated for injuries such as black eyes, broken ribs/nose and teeth.

This may seem harsh but it is intended to reserve the limited funds available for those who sustained more serious and life impacting injuries.

If, your assault does not qualify for an award, you can apply for a payment from the Hardship Fund. This is a government funded system which provides temporary relief from financial hardship for the low paid who have had time off from work owing to injuries suffered as a result of a crime of violence.

There are requirements and restrictions but full details can be found here