State funded schemes to compensate victims of violent crime have existed since 1964. The 2012 Scheme provides that a person is eligible for an award only in relation to a criminal injury sustained on or after 1 August 1964. The review will examine whether the Scheme reflects the changing nature of violent crime and effectively supports victims in their recovery, and consider the impact of the Scheme on particular groups, including victims of child sexual abuse.
We are also removing the pre-1979 same roof rule from the 2012 Scheme, under which applicants were not entitled to compensation for injury from incidents that occurred between 1964 and 1979 if they were living with their assailant as members of the same family at the time of the incident. Past claimants refused under the rule will be able to make new applications.