The Yavapai County Attorney’s Office is dedicated to recognizing the needs of crime victims and the preservation of victim rights. 
 

Our Victim Services Division has been providing comprehensive victim assistance and victim compensation services to crime victims in Yavapai County since 1990.

 

Attention to Examination Costs

We arrange with the victim to submit their bills for initial examination in sexual assault or child molest cases to the County Attorney’s Office or Crime Victim Compensation Board.

Court Related Services

We assist victims to allow them to participate in court proceedings and accompany victims into the courtroom during court proceedings.

Crime Victim Compensation

Crime victims may apply for losses directly related to a crime in the following categories:
  • medical
  • lost wages
  • counseling
  • funeral expenses
  • crime scene cleanup
  • transportation expenses related to:
    • medical appointments
    • mental health care appointments
    • court proceedings
    • forensic interview/exam
    • risk to safety
A victim must report the crime to law enforcement within 72 hours and has up to 2 years from the date the crime was committed to apply for compensation. Click here for an application. Victims may also pick up a compensation application at the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office, Victim Services Division or call us to have one sent via mail or email.

Volunteer Program

Volunteers play a vital role in providing support to victims of crime in Yavapai County. Volunteers provide information to victims on court hearings, victims’ rights and the criminal justice system. All volunteers are provided with training in victim rights and the criminal justice system. Click here to complete an application or contact Victim Services for more information.

Notification Services

We provide notification to the victim of progress in the prosecution of the case; notification of hearings and rulings, changes in trial dates or other proceedings; notification to victims of the opportunity to make an oral statement to the judge at the time of sentencing; notification of the disposition of a case, including verdicts, plea agreements, sentencing and post-conviction notification.

Protection for Victims

We notify prosecutors and the court of any reports of harassment or threats by defendants (directly or indirectly) toward victims in the courtroom.

Public Relations

We prepare materials describing the services offered by the program, how to access the services, do presentations to groups regarding the services; and coordinate the Yavapai County’s observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Statements to the Court

We ensure that the court receives a copy of the victim impact statement. The victim advocate informs the court if the victim wishes to address the court.

Support Services (Court Advocacy)

Services provided by this program include: listening to victims’ concerns and answering questions; referring victims to counseling for themselves and their families; connecting victims to social service agencies; acting as liaison between the victim and criminal justice agencies; taking victims on a courtroom “walk-through” to familiarize them (especially children) with the physical surroundings; and discussion of the roles of the various court officials and court procedures.

Training

We provide on-going training for volunteers and paid staff responsible for providing direct services to crime victims, with portions of the training provided to social service agencies and criminal justice agencies.

Sheila Polk

County Attorney

Elected 2000

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Primary Business Address:
255 E Gurley Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
Phone: (928) 771-3344
Fax: (928) 771-3110

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