My Husband Sexually Abuses Me, How Do I Claim Compensation?

If you are reading this guide, you might be thinking about claiming compensation for abuse that you’ve endured. Therefore, in this article, we will try to answer the question, “My husband sexually abuses me, could I be compensated?”.

It is a sad fact that the perpetrator in sexual abuse cases is often the victim’s husband. Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 32% of rape or sexual assault crimes were carried out by a partner or ex-partner. It is possible that the actual figure is higher, as many crimes of this nature are never reported.

My Husband Sexually Abuses Me, Could I Claim Compensation?

Husband sexually abuses me compensation claims guide

Sexual abuse by husband compensation claims guide

In many cases, compensation claims might be possible through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The scheme is operated by the government and pays compensation to victims of violent crimes. As the scheme differs from the normal personal injury claims process, we’ll explain the claims process as we progress through this guide.

Our team understands how difficult it will be to discuss this type of crime. That’s why we won’t put you under any pressure to claim, and we won’t rush you. However, we will review your case with you and provide free legal advice on your options. If you decide that you would like to continue, and your claim is accepted by a specialist lawyer from our panel, then your claim will be handled on a No Win No Fee basis.

To discuss your claim in confidence today, please contact our advisors on 0161 696 9685 or get in touch with us by requesting a callback. To learn more about when you could claim for the suffering caused by a sexually abusive partner, please read on.

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A Guide On How To Claim If Your Husband Sexually Abuses You

Making a claim because your husband has sexually abused you might not be something you have considered before. However, the funds paid as compensation for your suffering could help you as you attempt to recover.

In normal personal injury claims, you would sue the person responsible for your injuries. While that is possible in sexual abuse cases, it is more likely that you’ll claim through the CICA scheme. Therefore, we will concentrate on that process during this article.

Importantly, unlike other types of claims, the CICA time limit is 2 years. That generally means 2 years from when the abuse took place. However, due to the nature of these crimes, the limitation period could be extended if you weren’t able to claim sooner. In these cases, the administrators of the CICA scheme will look at any exceptional circumstances and advise whether you will be able to make your claim.

Some of the crimes you could claim for include:

  • Rape (sex without consent as defined in section 74 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003).
  • Sexual abuse.
  • Sexual assault.
  • Non-recent (historic) sexual offences.

You are able to seek compensation from the CICA scheme even if your husband was never prosecuted. Importantly, though, to be eligible to claim, you must have reported the crime to the police.

If you would like to be helped with the CICA scheme claims process, we could support you. We provide free legal advice on claiming, and we will also review your case with you. If your claim has a reasonable chance of success, our team could refer you to a personal injury lawyer from our panel. If they agree to take on your case, it will be processed on a No Win No Fee basis.

Calculating Compensation For Sexual Abuse In A Marriage

Now we are going to demonstrate what amount of compensation could be paid for the suffering caused by sexual abuse. Instead of using a personal injury claims calculator, we have added figures directly from the CICA scheme to the table below.

As the tariff of injuries covered by the CICA is quite long, we have only included a sample here. If your injury isn’t listed, don’t worry. An advisor will be able to provide more details when you contact us.

Type of Injury Settlement RangeAdditional Details
Physical Abuse£8,200Covers severe and persistent abuse over 3 or more years.
Physical Abuse£5,500Covers violence that is severe, repetitive and leads to minor disfigurement.
Sexual Assault£6,600Covers frequent and repetitive abuse that is severe and lasts for up to 3-years.
£8,200Covers frequent and repetitive abuse that is severe and lasts for more than 3-years.
£27,000Covers abuse that leads to mental illnesses that are permanently disabling and severe.
Non-consensual Penile Penetration£11,000Crimes carried out by a single attacker.
£22,000Where the abuse causes serious internal bodily injuries.
£27,000Where the abuse leads to a severe mental illness.
£44,000In this category, both serious internal injuries and severe mental illnesses are sustained

As with all injury claims, the CICA process requires you to have a medical assessment. If you work with a lawyer from our panel, they’ll try to ensure this is conducted locally. You will need to attend a meeting with an independent medical specialist. During the appointment, they will ask you questions about your injuries, read any relevant medical records and may need to examine any existing injuries.

After the meeting, a report will be sent to your lawyer detailing the specialist’s findings. Importantly, this may include information about psychological injuries as well as any physical injuries you have sustained.

If you would like more information about the medical assessment requirements, please speak to a specialist advisor today. They won’t rush you or put pressure on you, and you will be under no obligation to make a claim.

What Special Damages Are Awarded In Sexual Abuse Claims?

The CICA scheme allows you to claim for special expenses in addition to compensation for your injuries. You can only claim these expenses if you can show they can’t be obtained free elsewhere (from the NHS for example). As well as showing the claim results from the crime against you, the expenses will need to be reasonable and necessary.

In order to claim special expenses from CICA, you will need to show that you lost earnings or earning capacity for at least 28 weeks following the accident, although the special expenses will cover you from the date of the accident. 

What can I claim?

Special damages paid by the CICA scheme could include:

  • The cost of replacing physical aids that were damaged during the crime. Broken spectacles could be included in this category.
  • The cost of modifying your home to help you cope with disabilities resulting from your injuries.
  • Care costs if they relate to the management of bodily functions, food preparation or supervision.
  • The cost of wheelchairs, walking aids or other physical aids to help with disabilities.

Additionally, it is sometimes possible to claim for lost income through the CICA scheme as well. This might be available if you have had to take more than 28 weeks off from work as a result of your injuries. You won’t be compensated for your loss of earnings for the first 28 weeks you were unable to work. 

Getting the special expenses element of your claim right is important. That’s because, once you have settled your claim, you are not able to ask for further compensation. Our panel of lawyers have the knowledge and experience to try and ensure you are compensated fully for your injuries. Why not call our team today and let us review your options for free?

What Counts As Sexual Abuse In A Marriage?

Sexual abuse in a marriage is where your spouse coerces or forces you into a sexual act or where they sexually touch you without consent. There are many forms of sexual abuse, including groping and rape. Essentially, any form of unwanted sexual contact is considered sexual abuse. 

Importantly, penetration is not required for the act to be considered abuse. For example, unwanted touching (under or above clothing) could constitute sexual abuse.

If you have suffered domestic abuse, domestic violence or sexual abuse in marriage, you could be eligible to claim compensation from the CICA scheme. Whilst the process is similar to personal injury claims, it is not quite the same.

Importantly, decisions made in the CICA scheme are based on the balance of probabilities. That means you could claim compensation if your husband has never been charged or prosecuted for the crime. Remember; you will need to have told the police about what happened.

We are here to help when you’re ready to discuss claiming. A specialist from our team will listen carefully to what’s happened and explain your legal options. You will receive free legal advice whether you make a claim or not. That said, if you do wish to claim, and a lawyer from our panel agrees to take your case on, you will benefit from a No Win No Fee service.

Signs Of Sexual Abuse In A Relationship

If you are worried that somebody you know is being sexually abused by their husband, there are signs you could look for. The following are all possible indicators of sexual abuse:

  • Unexplained changes in behaviour.
  • Tiredness caused by lack of sleep.
  • Cuts and bruises.
  • Torn or stained clothing.
  • Anxiety, stress or depression.

Later on in this article, we will provide advice on who you can turn to for support if you are the victim of sexual abuse. Please call our team if you would like to know more about claiming compensation for your suffering.

Types Of Abuse In Intimate Relationships

There are a number of crimes that could constitute sexual abuse and result in a Crown Prosecution Service prosecution. They include:

  • Sexual assault, attempted rape and rape.
  • Inappropriate touching.
  • Sexual activity where the victim lacks the mental capacity to consent.
  • Non-consensual masturbation, penetration or attempted penetration.
  • Inappropriate innuendo, looking, sexual teasing or sexual harassment.
  • Forcing somebody to view pornographic content.
  • Indecent exposure.

This is not a comprehensive list but acts to give you some idea of what could lead to a criminal conviction. However, as mentioned already, your husband does not have to have been convicted of the crime for you to claim. Claims through the CICA scheme are still possible so long as you’ve reported the crime to the police.

Examples Of Coercion And Pressure Into Having Sex

Coercion is where somebody tries to control what you do by manipulating you or threatening you. Sexual coercion happens when somebody tries to make you have sex with them even if you’ve told them, “No”.

Some examples of coercion methods include:

  • Emotional blackmail.
  • Threatening the victim.
  • Guilt-tripping the victim.
  • Providing alcohol or drugs to lower the victim’s inhibitions.

Importantly, being married or in a relationship does not constitute ongoing consent. If you say no to sex, your husband or partner should respect that. If they try to take steps to make you have sex after saying no, those steps could constitute coercion.

Remember, our team can review your case for free to see if you might be eligible to claim compensation. We’ll listen to what happened and provide options on what you should do next. If we believe there is a chance you’re eligible to use the CICA scheme, we could connect you to a specialist lawyer from our panel. Please call when you’re ready and we’ll start the ball rolling.

What Injuries Could I Suffer If My Husband Sexually Abuses Me?

It is important to explain that if you are sexually assaulted by your husband, you could claim for any psychological injuries that result. This compensation is in addition to any payable for physical injuries.

In this section, we’ll look at some symptoms that could result from sexual abuse. They include:

  • Sleep disorders. This can include difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep or sleeping for less or more time than usual.
  • Eating disorders. Some victims of sexual abuse suffer from eating disorders because of perceptions about their body.
  • Self-harm. Acts where the victim of abuse inflicts injuries upon themselves, usually in secret.
  • Substance abuse. The abuse of alcohol or drugs can sometimes be a way of blocking out feelings.
  • Panic attacks. This is a sudden feeling of anxiety and intense fear. Usually, panic attacks take place when there is no danger at all.
  • Dissociation. A technique that the brain uses to cope with the trauma that results from sexual abuse.
  • Pregnancy. Unwanted pregnancies are possible following rape.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Bacterial or viral infections can be transmitted as the result of sexual contact. Examples include gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis.
  • Flashbacks. Where the trauma caused by sexual abuse makes the victim feel like it is happening again.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A condition following a traumatic experience that can make it very difficult to cope with life, work and relationships.
  • Suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, suicidal thoughts can sometimes occur following sexual abuse. They are not always permanent, and support is available if needed.

You could be compensated for any of the above if they’re a result of sexual abuse by your husband. For free advice on how to make your claim, please call our specialists today.

Can I claim for more than one injury?

When claiming for multiple injuries, you will receive the full tariff amount for the most serious injury, 30% of the tariff amount for the next most serious injury and 15% of the tariff amount for the third most serious injury. You can only claim for a maximum of three injuries, but there are additional tariffs available if you’ve been made to miscarry, become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted infection because of the crime. 

My Husband Sexually Abuses Me, How Do I Get Help?

If you have suffered because of sexual abuse, there is help available. Importantly, the support is there whether you report the crime to the police or not. If you would like help, you could contact:

  • A nurse or doctor at your GP practice.
  • The National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
  • An A&E department at your local hospital.
  • The Rape Crisis helpline on 0808 802 9999.
  • A contraceptive clinic.
  • NHS 111.
  • The police on 999 or 101.
  • Voluntary organisations like Victim Support, Women’s Aid, Survivors UK or The Survivors Trust.

Additionally, Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) provide emotional, practical and medical support. Specially trained medical staff and support workers are available to care for you. 

If you decide that you would like our help with claiming through the CICA scheme, please call when you’re ready. Our advice centre is open 24-hours a day so you can contact us when it’s convenient. We’ll treat your call in confidence and work at a speed that suits you.

No Win No Fee Claims For Sexual Abuse In A Marriage

We know that making sexual abuse claims is stressful. Therefore, to reduce the amount of worrying about the costs involved, we have a panel of lawyers who offer a No Win No Fee service. That means you could be connected with a specialist legal representative and, at the same time, your financial risks will be reduced.

Not all cases are accepted by lawyers, though. Therefore, they do need to review your case with you before taking it on. If they agree to represent you, your lawyer will give you a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to read. This is the formal term for a No Win No Fee agreement, and it outlines the  conditions the lawyer will have to fulfill before they are paid. It will also explain that:

  • No fees are requested upfront.
  • You don’t need to pay lawyer’s fees while they are working on your claim.
  • Lawyer’s fees are not requested if you are not compensated.

You will only need to cover your lawyer’s fees if they win your claim and you receive a settlement. If that happens, your lawyer will be paid by deducting a success fee from your compensation. This will be a percentage of the award you receive. By law, success fees are capped, and they are used to cover the lawyer’s work and costs.

We can check if your claim is suitable for a No Win No Fee service when you call for a free case review.

Contact Us

We have almost completed this guide about claiming for the suffering resulting from sexual abuse. Our team is ready to help if you would like to discuss your case. Your call will be treated compassionately and in confidence. 

Along with a no-obligation review, our advisors will supply free legal advice on your options. If the claim appears suitable, we could refer you to a lawyer from our panel. They will work on a No Win No Fee basis if they agree to process your claim. To begin the claims process, you can:

  • Call our team of specialists on 0161 696 9685
  • Complete our online contact form so we can call back.
  • Ask an advisor to explain your options in our live chat feature.

For your convenience, our claims line is open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

More Information

Thanks for reading our guide, which set out to answer the question, “If my husband sexually abuses me, could I be compensated?”. In this penultimate section, we have provided some links to resources that you might find helpful. If you would like any more help with making a claim, please get in touch.

Rape Crisis – A charity that offers one-to-one support for women affected by sexual abuse.

Reporting Sexual Assault – Information from the Police on how to report rape or sexual assault crimes.

Find A Referral Centre – An NHS tool to help you locate a rape and sexual assault referral centre near you.

In addition to these guides, we have added some of our own to demonstrate other claims we could help you with.

Historic Sexual Abuse Claims  – Read our guide for more information on making a compensation claim for historic sexual abuse.

How Much Compensation Could I Receive For Sexual Abuse?  – This guide outlines how much compensation you could expect to receive in a sexual abuse claim.

Sexual Abuse Claims- FAQS  – Free legal advice on and answers to some frequently asked questions relating to sexual abuse claims.

Partner Abuse Statistics

Finally, we have added more data released by the ONS relating to domestic abuse in England and Wales. These figures were released in November 2020. The report shows that in the 12-months ending March 2020:

  • The police logged 758,941 crimes relating to domestic abuse.
  • 79,965 suspects were referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for a charging decision.
  • 78% of CPS prosecutions were successful.
  • 3 million adults were estimated to have suffered domestic abuse in the past year, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales. This shows the potential number of crimes that goes unreported.

Thank you for reading our guide looking at the question “if my husband sexually abuses me; can I claim?”.