Following a ruling by the Court of Appeal in 2018 that the 'same roof' rule in applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority unfairly denied an abused victim access to justice, the government has now put forward legislation to abolish it.
The so-called 'same roof' rule was introduced in the 1960s in an effort to prevent violent offenders profiting from compensation paid to their victims. However, it effectively denied the victims of incidents occurring before 1979 any damages if they lived with the perpetrator.
The proposed legislation will be retrospective which means victims of abuse who suffered loss or injury at the hands of a co-habitee before 1979 will now be able to bring claims for compensation; accessing the justice they have been denied for over 40 years.
If you suffered loss or injury before 1979 and were unable to pursue compensation because of the 'same roof' rule you may now be able to make a claim with our Solicitors in Norwich. If you would like to discuss your circumstance on a free no obligation basis please speak to one of our team. We can be contacted on 0800 731 8539, or please email us.