Report and investigation
If you have been the victim of crime, you need to report it to the police. You can report the crime by telephone, in writing (including email), or by going to a police station in person. Read more about reporting a crime on the police's website.
It is important that you report the crime as soon as possible after it was committed.
You are not required to report the crime to the police, but it may be necessary if you want compensation for the injury or loss you sustained as a result of the offence.
In cases of violence, you are normally only eligible for compensation under the Victims Compensation Act if you reported the crime to the police within 72 hours of its occurrence. The claim for notification within 72 hours does not apply in cases of rape, incest and sexual abuse of children committed after April 1, 2016. Read more at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board website.