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Victims Assistance
The Crime Victim Services Unit was created in order to help victims of crime understand their rights in the justice process, answer victims' questions and provide victims with updated information pertaining to their case.

For Victim Services please contact the Victim Services Unit at 623-333-7219

The Victim Services Unit also provides these additional services:
  • Emotional support 
  • Crisis intervention 
  • Keep victim aware of case status 
  • Inform victim of hearing dates and times 
  • Escort victims to court 
  • Help victim obtain an Order of Protection or an Injunction Against Harassment 
  • Accompany victim to interviews pertaining to their case 
  • Help Domestic Violence victims create a safety plan 
  • Locate shelters for Domestic Violence victims 
  • Explain the judicial process 
  • Prepare victim/witness to testify 
  • Help victims prepare a Victim Impact Statement 
  • Serve as victims' liaison to the Prosecutor and Court 
  • Provide resources and referrals

The services available through the Victim Services Unit are provided at no cost to the victim and are confidential pursuant to A.R.S. § 13-4430(A)(B) and (E).

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is experienced in every type of relationship, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender or sexual orientation. Domestic violence impacts the entire community. It affects friends, neighbors, co-workers and families. It diminishes the quality of life of every citizen in the community. It is an abusers’ goal to control his or her partner. Help is available in order to assist the victim of domestic violence leave the situation and rebuild their life. 

Please call this free confidential hotline if you think you might be in an abusive relationship 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Please click here for Domestic Violence Resources (PDF)

Additional information regarding victim services resources can be found on the
Arizona Attorney General website

For a listing of Domestic Violence Providers please visit the
 Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence website

For assistance in developing your personalized safety plan
 please contact the Victim Services Unit at 623-333-7219


Victims Rights

The Constitution of Arizona defines a victim as a person against whom a criminal offense has been committed, or if the person is killed or incapacitated, the person's spouse, parent, child or other lawful representative, except if the person is in custody for an offense or is the accused. 


Automatic Rights 

Many of the rights provided to victims through legislation and rules of court are automatic. If you are a victim, these include the right: 
  • To be advised of all victim rights and how to assert them 
  • To information on the availability of crisis intervention, medical and emergency services, information on victim assistance programs and domestic violence resources 
  • To be advised of the date, time and location of the initial appearance or arraignment if a suspect is arrested or cited 
  • To be provided the police report number, if available, and if the case has been submitted to a prosecutor's office, information on how to contact that office 
  • To be notified if the prosecutor declines to file charges, and notice of what charges are filed 
  • To have your home address, and employer's name and address withheld from the defendant and his representatives 
  • To refuse an interview with the defendant and anyone working on the defendant's behalf 
  • To be present at any court proceeding at which the defendant has the right to be present 
  • To name an appropriate support person, who is not a witness, to accompany you to any interview, deposition or court proceeding 
  • To have the Court provide appropriate safeguards to minimize contact between you and the defendant 
  • To be heard at any proceeding concerning release of the accused person, a plea agreement, and the sentencing (with some limitations if the defendant is facing the death penalty) 
  • To speak with the pre-sentence investigator before the sentencing, to give a sentencing recommendation, and to read the pre-sentence report when it is available to the defendant 
  • To have the court order restitution, and to receive that restitution promptly 
  • To leave work (if eligible) to attend scheduled legal proceedings (in accordance with A.R.S 13.4439)

Requested Rights 

If you are a victim, you also have the right upon request: 
  • To confer with the prosecutor about a decision not to proceed with a prosecution, dismissal of the charges, pretrial diversion programs, any plea or sentencing negotiations, and at any hearing regarding the release of the defendant. You also have the right to confer with the prosecutor prior to trial (these rights do not include the authority to direct the prosecution of the case) 
  • To request the prosecutor assert any right to which you are entitled 
  • To receive a copy of the conditions of the suspect's release from custody 
  • To be given notice of the release on bond of the suspect 
  • To receive notice of all court proceedings at which the defendant has the right to be present 
  • To the return of your personal property taken during the investigation, and if the property cannot be returned, be advised of the reason 
  • To be advised of the sentence imposed upon the defendant 
  • To be given notice of any post-conviction release or appeals proceedings 
  • To be given notice of any hearing in which release from prison is being considered, the right to be present and heard at that hearing, and to be advised of the result 
  • To be advised of the earliest possible release date of a prisoner sentenced to the Department of Corrections (if the sentence exceeds six months), and notice before the release of the prisoner or, if the prisoner has died, notice of the death 
  • Notice of any probation revocation disposition or probation termination proceeding. You also have the right to be notified of any modification of probation which will substantially affect your safety or the probationer's contact with you, or which will affect restitution or the probationer's incarceration status 
  • To be notified, upon request, of the escape and re-arrest of the accused or convicted person (this includes a person placed by court order in a mental health treatment agency) 
  • If there is any conflict of interest or disagreement between you and the prosecutor, you have the right to be directed to the appropriate legal assistance and be represented by your own attorney at your own expense


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