Fill out an application (en Español | form in English with guided help) and submit it along with a copy of your DC police report or DC civil protection order (the program does not accept temporary restraining orders), any bills or receipts that you would like to have reimbursed by the program. Applications may be submitted in person at one of two locations or via email:
1) Courts Building A, 515 5th Street NW, Suite 109, Washington, DC 20001
2) CVCPapplications [at] dcsc.gov (please note that you may need to use a PDF reader to save information and submit your form directly; otherwise, please scan and use the email address to send the form, and related documents).
Completed applications are reviewed by claims examiners. All information in the application is verified by contacting the related law enforcement agency, employer, hospital, or other related agency or organization. Claims examiners make recommendations on the approval of applications to the program director who determines the outcome. The claimant is notified by mail of the determination and informed of the appeal process and the availability of pro bono legal services. If there is new or previously unavailable information, the claimant may file a Request for Reconsideration within 30 days of the initial determination. If the applicant disagrees with the determination, an Appeal must be filed within 30 days. The Appeals Board reviews the application, all supporting documents in the file, and the determination made by the Director. The Appeals Board may recommend a hearing if additional information is needed. A further appeal for judicial review may be made to the chief judge of the Superior Court within 30 days of an appeals board decision. All Requests for Reconsideration and Appeals are filed in the Crime Victims Compensation Program Office.
Information, records, and transcripts of hearings contained in the claims files are confidential and not open to public inspection. The claimant, his authorized representative, or a physician treating or examining the claimant are exceptions. Other persons may inspect the claimant's files and records only when rendering assistance to the court on a matter pertaining to the administration of the claim.