Compensation for Victims

If you are injured as a result of a crime you may be entitled to compensation under the scheme of ‘Compensation for Personal Injuries Criminally Inflicted’ through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal. Compensation may be awarded on the basis of out of pocket expenses, including medical expenses and loss of earnings, experienced by the victim or, if the victim has died as a result of the incident, by the dependents of the victim.

The incident in which the injury was caused must have been reported to the Gardaí. Application must be made to the tribunal as soon as possible but not later than three months after the incident. The scheme also allows for the family of a victim who has died due to a violent crime to receive a payment. There is no time limit for these applications.

If you are a citizen of another EU State who has suffered an injury as a result of a crime of violence in Ireland, you can apply for compensation through the national compensating authority in your home country. They will advise you about making a claim or you can apply directly through the European’s Commission website (see section on ‘Compensation to crime victims’)

If you live outside the EU you must apply directly to:
Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal
13 Lower Hatch Street
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1 661 0604
Fax: +353 1 661 0598 (see section ‘other regulatory functions’)

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