What happens if the victim did not report to law enforcement?

Under the SAFE Payment Program, if the victim submits to forensic evidence collection within 120 hours of the incident, they do not have to report to law enforcement in order for their expenses to be covered.

Under the VVF, a victim must report to law enforcement within 5 days of the incident. Exceptions can be made to this rule under special circumstances, which the victim must explain in a letter. The victim must also cooperate with the investigation of the incident, and the Commonwealth Attorney if they elect to prosecute the case.