A person is eligible for compensation by the Crime Victims Compensation Program if...
- The victim suffered personal injury (physical injury or emotional trauma) or death in the District of Columbia - or the victim is a resident of the District who has suffered personal injury as a result of a terrorist act or act of mass violence committed outside of the United States.
- The crime was reported to law enforcement within seven days of occurrence. Exceptions: victims of sexual assault may satisfy reporting requirement by obtaining a sexual assault examination; victims of domestic violence may satisfy requirement by seeking a civil protection order; and the reporting requirement is met by victims of child cruelty if a neglect petition is filed in the DC Superior Court.
- Application for compensation is filed within one year after the crime - or within one year of learning about the program, if adequately showing that the delay was reasonable.
- The victim cooperates with reasonable law enforcement requests to apprehend the offender.
- The victim did not participate in, consented to, or provoked the crime that caused his or her injury.
- The award of compensation does not unjustly enrich the offender.