The Hardship Fund
The Hardship Fund provides temporary financial help to very low paid workers who have to take time off work, because they have been a victim of violent crime.
The Fund makes a payment to victims whose injuries are not covered by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
The purpose of the Hardship Fund
The Hardship Fund was set up to help victims who have no other financial support (for example, if you do not get Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)). As with SSP, if you’re temporarily unable to work the Fund will provide financial support after your fourth day of absence from work and for up to 28 days.
Victim Support can help you with your application for the Hardship Fund. We will review all applications to make sure they’re eligible and then forward them to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), which administers the Fund. You can only apply for the Fund if you’ve been unable to work for at least seven consecutive days because of a violent crime, and payment will not cover the first three days of absence from work.