What are the eligibility requirements?


  • Cannot knowingly or willingly participate in the crime.
  • Cannot share responsibility for the crime.
  • Cannot be the offender or an accomplice.
  • Cannot be an inmate when the crime occurs.
  • Must cooperate fully with the law enforcement and prosecution of the case.

Reporting the crime

  • The victim must have reported the crime to a law enforcement agency within a reasonable period of time that does not impede the investigation and prosecution of the case.

Filing the application

  • The victim or claimant must file the claim within 3 years of the date of the crime if the crime occurred after September 1, 1997. Before September 1, 1997 they have 1 year from the date of the crime to file.
  • Child victims filing an application have until their 21st birthday to make the claim.
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