Eligibility Requirements

The Crime Victims Compensation Program may be able to help you if:

  • You have a bodily injury or severe emotional stress from a crime.
  • The crime is a gross misdemeanor or felony.
  • You file a report with law enforcement within one year of the date the crime occurred or within one year of when it reasonably could have been reported.
  • You provide reasonable cooperation with law enforcement. This includes helping in the investigation and prosecution of the offender.
  • You apply for benefits within two years of the crime being reported to law enforcement or, for good cause, within five years.

The Crime Victims Compensation Program may deny an application if:

  • Your injuries were the result of your own actions such as provoking, inciting or participating in the event that led to your injuries.
  • Your injury happened while you were attempting to or committing a felony.
  • The injury happened while you were incarcerated.
  • You've been convicted of a felony within five years preceding the criminal act for which you are applying where the felony is a violent offense under RCW 9.94A.030 (www.leg.wa.gov) or a crime against persons under RCW 9.94A.411 (www.leg.wa.gov), or if you're convicted of a felony after applying and haven't completely satisfied all legal financial obligations owed prior to applying for benefits.

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