EHRC response to Court of Appeal ruling on so-called 'same roof' rule

Posted On: 
24th July 2018

This policy needs to be changed to enable other domestic victims to be compensated, says EHRC Chief Executive, Rebecca Hilsenrath.

To suffer abuse as an innocent child at the hands of a trusted adult is the worst of horrors. To be denied compensation on the basis of living with the perpetrator just compounds the profound injustice. We are pleased the court listened to our arguments and agreed that this approach is discriminatory, unlawful and a violation of human rights. Today’s ruling will be welcome news for those that have survived child abuse in the home before 1979. This policy needs to be changed to enable other domestic victims to be compensated.