'Same-roof' bar on compensation to be lifted to help abuse victims

Rule changes will allow awards to victims of crimes before 1979 who lived with assailant

A controversial bar on victims of crime receiving financial compensation if they lived in the same home as their attacker will be abolished, the government has announced.

The justice secretary, David Gauke, set out the changes to the “same-roof rule”, which was changed in 1979 but not applied retrospectively, saying that it unfairly meant victims of offences in the past could be denied the compensation their cases merited.

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