Domestic Violence Article

Victim's Bill of Rights

Under the Arizona Constitution, Article 2, Sec. 2.1, victims are:

  • to be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity;
  • to be informed, upon request, when the accused/convicted person is released/escaped
  • to be present at and to be informed of all criminal proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present;
  • to be informed of victim's constitutional rights;
  • to be heard at any proceeding involving a post-arrest release decision, a negotiated plea, and sentencing;
  • to a speedy trial and prompt and final conclusion of the case;
  • to refuse an interview request by the defendant, the defendant's attorney;
  • to confer with the prosecution;
  • to read pre-sentence reports when they are available to the defendant;
  • to ensure the protection of victim's rights;
  • to receive prompt restitution;
  • to be heard at any proceeding when any post-conviction release is being considered.

The Crime Victim's Rights for adult offenses can be found at A.R.S. sections 13-4401 to 4439

The Crime Victim's Rights for juvenile offenses can be found at A.R.S. sections 8-381 to 421

If you would like more information about Victim's Rights or you think your rights have been violated, you can contact the Arizona Office of the Attorney General Victim's Rights Enforcement Officer online .



  • Can he still pick up my kids from school even tho I have a protective order
  • What ramifications can occur if both plaintiff and defendant want to drop the Protection Order and disobeyed the order by getting back together. They are married.
  • Is there any way to get a domestic violence charge dropped?? I am the victim and my boyfriend is the accused. Plz respond asap
  • been married 12 yrs, no children due to domestic violence I am seperated from husband.I'am wanting a divorce/alimony/order of protection what are my chances? Due to his disability will I be charged with abandonment?
  • My husband has had 2 work related injuries where he suffered concussions, traumatic brain injuries & frontal lobe brain injury. Over time, his personality is changing for the worse & he's constantly verbally abusining me & my daughter & he completely loses his temper over nothing. Now he's threatening to open a new account for his SSD income & for the work comp annuity which is the majority of our income. He says he wants a divorce & is going to get an apartment & he's going to stop making the house payments. I know this is due to his TBI but what can we do to protect ourselves?
  • I went to jail on domestics volince charges and took a ple bargen idident understand what was going on im mental ill what do i do
  • A TPO was filed on me. The petitioner tried to contact me many times after filing. Sending me texts like "Please cum sleep with me". The judge still extended the order for 12 months. I posted a web site giving an editorial of my experience. The petitioner got a warrant & I was charged with Aggravated Stalking in a different county than the TPO was filed. Can a web site be considered contact?
  • my violations are: Assault-no injury; disorderly conduct. Court date on January 29,2016. Released on signature. If the Plaintiff does not appear to press charges,will my charges be dropped? Because Plaintiff does not want to press charges. What is my next step aside from appearing in court? Do i need representation for this violations?
  • I let my boyfreind drive my car while we were together. we are now broken up and he wont give me my car what rights do i have
  • I have a court hearing over a domestic batteryou case and I was just served papers telling me to appear 1 hour before hearing to give my fingerprints and photo should I be concerned?


  • He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral. . .
  • I just helped my mother, age 89, deal with her Medicare HMO. . .
  • If you get a divorce, make sure your date of birth is on the Decree if your name is changing!. . .



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