Eligibility RequirementsA person is eligible for compensation by the CVCP if...
- The victim must have suffered personal injury (physical injury or emotional trauma) or death in the District of Columbia, or the victim must be a resident of the District and have suffered personal injury as a result of a terrorist act or act of mass violence committed outside of the United States.
- The crime must be reported to law enforcement within seven days of occurrence. Exception: 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 D.C. Superior Court.
- Application for compensation must be filed within one year of the occurrence of the crime, or within one year of learning of the program with adequate showing that the delay was reasonable.
- The victim must cooperate with the reasonable requests of law enforcement to apprehend the offender.
- The victim may not have participated in, consented to, or provoked the crime that caused his or her injury.
- The award of compensation may not unjustly enrich the offender.