Cyprus has a crime victim compensation program to provide financial compensation for victims of violent crime.
Report to police. Yes, within 5 days after the crime.
Filing period. As soon as possible, but must be filed within 2 years of the crime.
Foreign citizen eligibility. Nationals of the states party to the European Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes are eligible. Nationals of all member states of the Council of Europe who are permanent residents in Cyprus are eligible. (A permanent resident is any citizen of a foreign country who has filed for residency in Cyprus through the Ministry of Interior.)
Application forms are available from the Department of Social Insurance. The claimant must submit an application with the Director of Social Insurance. The claimant will receive notification of the decision as soon as it is reasonably possible for the Director of Social Insurance to establish eligibility in accordance with the provisions of the law and upon the review of police and medical reports.
Benefits and Award Limits
All compensation and benefits are covered by the Social Insurance Law on a case-by-case basis.
Emergency awards. No emergency awards. Immediate expenses are covered under the Social Insurance Law.
Funding sources. General revenue of the Republic of Cyprus.
Department of Social Insurance, Ministry of Labor
and Social Insurance, 7 Byron Avenue, 1465