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Victim Services
Overview
 

The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission's (ACJC) Crime Victim Services area oversees and administers two key programs: the Crime Victim Compensation and the Crime Victim Assistance programs. The Crime Victim Assistance program provides grants to private non-profit or government agencies that deliver direct services to crime victims. The Crime Victim Compensation program is administered through ACJC but resides locally in each of Arizona's 15 county attorney's offices.
 

Victim Compensation

If you have been a victim of crime, there may be assistance available in your community. Arizona provides financial assistance to victims of crime for out-of-pocket expenses incurred as a direct result of the crime.

Victim Compensation may help pay for out-of-pocket expenses including: medical costs, funeral expenses, mental health counseling, wage loss, transportation costs, and crime scene cleanup.

Contact your local County Attorney’s Office for an application. Click here.

 

Victim Assistance

The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-2407, has authorized the distribution of Crime Victim Assistance funds through an annual competitive grant process. The ACJC Crime Victim Assistance Grant Program is established to provide effective victim assistance services or services addressing victimization in the State of Arizona. In accordance with A.A.C. R10-4-204, services eligible to receive funding may include:

  1. Crisis intervention services to meet the urgent emotional or physical needs of a victim. Crisis intervention services may include a 24-hour hotline for counseling or referrals for a victim;
  2. Emergency services such as:
    • a. Temporary shelter for a victim who cannot safely remain in current lodgings;
    • b. Emergency financial assistance for immediate needs related to transportation, food, shelter, and other necessities; and
    • c. Temporary repairs to doors, locks and windows damaged as a result of a crime to prevent further victimization;
  3. Support services, such as:
    • a. Assistance dealing with the effects of victimization;
    • b. Assistance dealing with other social services and criminal justice agencies;
    • c. Assistance in replacing, or obtaining the return of property kept as evidence;
    • d. Assistance in dealing with the victim’s landlord or employer; and
    • e. Referral to other sources of assistance as needed;
  4. Court-related services, such as:
    • a. Direct services or financial assistance that helps a victim participate in criminal justice proceedings, such as child care, meals, and parking expenses; and
    • b. Advocate services such as escorting a victim to criminal justice-related interviews, court proceedings, and assistance in accessing temporary protection services; and
  5. Notification services, such as those found in A.R.S Title 13, Chapter 40, Crime Victims’ Rights.
  6. Training for paid or volunteer staff of agencies who provide services directly benefiting victims; and
  7. Produce educational or outreach materials describing the services available, how to obtain project assistance, and volunteer opportunities.