The District has established a program to compensate victims of violent crime.
The program, administered by the Department of Employment Services, is designed to help persons or families that are left without adequate support or means to meet medical or funeral expenses as a direct result of violent crime. The program will provide compensation for monetary losses of up to $25,000.
The benefits will be available to those who are injured as a direct result of a violent crime, whether while trying to apprehend a criminal suspect, trying to assist a victim of violent crime, or trying to prevent a crime, and to a victim's survivors. Compensation also will be provided to people dependent upon a victim's economic support or services and to people responsible for a victim's economic support.
Funding has been set aside in the fiscal 1983 budget to start the program, which is to be supplemented by fines imposed on those convicted of misdemeanors and felonies.
Application information is available at local police precincts.
Approximately 37 other states, including Maryland and Virginia, operate similar victim compensation programs. Most, like the District's, are based on a prototype developed by the U.S. Department of Justice.