Victim Notification

Victim Notification and Assistance

103 E. Alameda, Suite 501

Direct Line to Victim Notification and Assistance - 520-791-5483

Rotary Phones - 520-791-4104

Para asistencia en Español, llame al telefono - 520-791-5483

The principal task of the Victim Notification and Assistance staff is to provide victims a measure of control over their victim status. This is done by informing victims of upcoming court dates so that they may appear at court hearings and by supplying victims with practical knowledge about court procedures and their options. 

The Prosecuter's Office also offers the presence of a victim assistant at court hearings and refers victims to outside helping agencies whenever it is appropriate.

"Victim" is defined in A.R.S. 13-4401(19) as a person against whom the criminal offense has been committed.

This includes a minor, or if the person is killed or incapacitated, the person's spouse, parent, child, grandparent or sibling, any other person related to the person by consanguinity or affinity to the second degree or any other lawful representative of the person except if the persons or the person's spouse, parent, child, grandparent, sibling, other person related to the person by consanguinity or affinity to the second degree or other lawful representative is in custody for an offense or is the accused.

Criminal statutes allow a victim who is physically or emotionally unable to exercise any right to designate a lawful representative who is not a bona fide witness for the purpose of exercising the victim's rights on behalf of the victim. The victim may revoke this designation at any time and exercise the victim's rights.

If a victim is incompetent, deceased or otherwise incapable of designating another person to act in the victim's place, the court may appoint a lawful representative who is not a witness. If at any time the victim is not longer incompetent, incapacitated or otherwise incapable of acting, the victim may personally exercise victim's rights.

Legal entities and neighborhood associations can be considered victims, but their rights under Arizona law are limited.