You are entitled to appeal the refusal of the claim for criminal injuries. However you have to be aware that they can refuse or reduce an application where the victim has a prior criminal record for a violent crime. I am sorry to tell you, but I must, that if the appeal is allowed, they can reduce the amount of compensation and they use a points based system to do so. The CICA are strict on this as they consider that a previous conviction goes the character of the applicant and rightly or wrongly they can refuse of reduce the compensation which would otherwise be paid. You can read more about this here: https://www.criminal-injuries.co.uk/criminal-injury-compensation-how-having-criminal-record-can-cost-you.html I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.