What you should do once the abuse or assault has been reported to the police?
It is essential that you co-operate as much as possible with the police and their investigations. This could include the need to make a formal statement and in some circumstances attending court. For some it can be extremely difficult to recall and talk about the abuse or assault but the more details that can be provided will generally help your case and aid in making a compensation claim.
If you refuse to make a statement, or withdraw one, the criminal injuries compensation authority (CICA) are unlikely to award any compensation, as they require that you are the blameless victim of the crime and that you fully co-operate with the Police. If you do not fulfill these criteria they usually refuse to compensate you even if you have been seriously assaulted.