Victim Rights

Commission on Victims in the Courts: (COVIC) advises the Arizona Judicial Council (AJC) by reviewing and submitting policy recommendations and procedures to improve victim access and ensure fair treatment during their involvement in the criminal justice system.

Restitution - Arizona’s Constitution provides victims the right to receive prompt restitution from a person convicted of a crime against them. Judges must order the convicted person to repay all of the victim’s economic loss, as determined by the court. See A.R.S. § 13-603.

Arizona Crime Victim's Bill of Rights. Article 9, Section 2.1 of the Arizona Constitution.

The Arizona Crime Victim's web site describes what kinds of services are available, descriptions of the criminal justice system, what rights victims have, facts about certain types of crime and much more.

The Arizona Attorney General's Office, Victim Services, explains some of the services available to victims and defines who is a legal victim of crime.

The Arizona Victim Assistance, Compensation & State Program Report presents contact information for a few victims assistance organizations.

Arizona Revised Statute, Title 13. Chapter 40 deals with the rights of a victim of crime.

The National Center for Victims of Crimes provides a large amount of information, resources and support for victims of crime. The site is continuously updated and provides an 800 number for people to call for more information or help.

The National Crime Victim Bar Association is a network of attorneys and allied professionals dedicated to facilitating civil actions brought by crime victims. Crime victims may be able to file civil lawsuits against perpetrators and responsible third parties for the damages the victim suffers as a result of the crime.

The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is a private, non-profit, organization committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services. The organization was founded in 1975.

The U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office for the Victims of Crimes (OVC) was established by the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to oversee diverse programs that benefit victims of crime. OVC provides substantial funding to state victim assistance and compensation programs.