Armed Forces personnel serving overseas may be able to apply for compensation for violent crime injuries
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Criminal Injuries Compensation (Overseas) Scheme

Violent crime injuries whilst serving overseas

Since 1 April 2001, The Ministry of Defence has operated a discretionary, ex-gratia, scheme under which lump sum payments may be made to members of the Armed Forces and their accompanying eligible dependants who, while serving overseas, sustain injury (including death) directly attributable to a crime of violence.

The Scheme also covers members of the cadet forces and their instructors as well as members of the Reserve forces whilst overseas. Whether or not to make such a payment, and the level of any payment, is wholly within the discretion of the Defence Council.

Compensation is not payable where death or injury is the result of war operations or military activity by warring factions.

For more information on this Scheme please select one of the links below:

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Levels of compensation for violent crime injuries

The Scheme is designed to give comparable levels of compensation to those which would have been awarded by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority had the incident occurred in Great Britain.

A separate scheme, administered by the Northern Ireland Office, operates in Northern Ireland.

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Contact points for overseas violent crime injuries

If you wish to lodge an application, you should contact the following as appropriate:

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Administration of the CICO Scheme

All applications received on or after 1 April 2001 for the payment of compensation to, or in respect of, persons who have sustained criminal injury will be considered under this Scheme.

The appropriate Service Awards Panel will determine claims for compensation in accordance with this Scheme. Appeals will be determined by next higher level of panel (up to 2* level) and will be referred to as “the Service Appeals Panel”.

The Service Awards Panel will be responsible for deciding, in accordance with this Scheme, what awards (if any) should be made in individual cases, and how they should be paid. Their decisions will be open to appeal to the Service Appeals Panel, in accordance with this Scheme.

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