Abused Woman From MK Fights For Compensation

5 December 2017, 09:19

Abused MK woman fights for compensation

A woman from Milton Keynes who was repeatedly abused by her father and refused compensation after he was jailed, has taken a step forward in her campaign to change the so called 'Same Roof Rule.'

A woman from Milton Keynes who was repeatedly abused by her father and refused compensation after he was jailed, has taken a step forward in her campaign to change the so called 'Same Roof Rule.'

The victim, Alissa Moore and her two sisters, were sexually abused by their father as children. The father was jailed for 24 years but a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) compensation scheme wouldn't pay out to Mrs Moore because the abuse inflicted on her stopped just a few months before a change in the law in October 1979.

"If you are abused you can't put a date on WHEN you are abused. The court system agreed that he'd raped my repeatedly and they jailed him for twenty four years. How can the criminal injuries compensation authority not agree with that?"

Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart, who took up the cause after meeting with Ms Moore last year, explained in the House of Commons:

"She (Mrs Moore) was advised by the police to make a claim to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, as she still needs medication and counselling to deal with the trauma of her attacks. However, while her sisters were eligible for compensation, she was not, owing to the 1979 Same Roof Rule.

"The rule prevents any survivor who was living with their abuser, as a member of the same family at the time of an assault, from claiming compensation if the offence took place before 1 October 1979.

"In Alissa's case, her abuse stopped just a month or two before that deadline, while the abuse of her sisters continued after the date. That cannot be right."

Mr Stewart called on the Government to review the law and look at how additional funding could be found for victims. One solution he proposed was using an untapped £500K MoJ hardship fund that is barely ever used.