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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 reasonably cooperates with law enforcement requests.
  • 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.

Click to see the program eligibility requirements, initial documentation checklist, and reimbursement documentation.

Crime Victims Compensation Program

Court Building A
515 5th Street, NW, Room 109
Washington, DC 20001

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Hours of Operation

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


All government holidays

Telephone Numbers

Blanche Reese, Program Director



cvcpcomplaintsandconcerns [at] (CVCPcomplaintsandconcerns[at]dcsc[dot]gov)