Victim Services

Being a victim of a crime can be a traumatic experience. Crime can happen to anyone regardless of precautions a person may or may not have taken. While a victim’s world can be turned upside down by a traumatic event, victims can regain a sense of balance and strength as they heal.

Definition of "Victim."

A “Victim” is defined by the Arizona Criminal Code as a person against whom a criminal offense has been committed, or if the person is killed or incapacitated, the persons spouse, parent, child or other lawful representative, except if the person is in custody for an offense or is the accused.

Types of victimizations that qualify for services

  • Adult Sexual Assault
  • Adults Sexually Abused/Assaulted as Children
  • Assault
  • Bullying
    (verbal, cyber, or physical)
  • Burglary
  • Child Physical Abuse or Neglect
  • Child Pornography
  • Child Sexual Abuse/Assault
  • Domestic and or Family Violence
  • DUI/DWI Incidents
  • Elder Abuse or Neglect
  • Hate Crime/Racial
    Religious/Gender/ Sexual Orientation
  • Homicide/Survivors of Homicide Victims
  • Human Trafficking: Sex
  • Identity Theft/Fraud/Financial Crime
  • Kidnapping
  • Mass Violence/Domestic
  • Robbery
  • Stalking/Harassment
  • Teen Dating Violence

Services provided by Victim Assistance

Information and Referral
Information about the criminal justice process, victim rights and how to obtain notifications, referral to other victim service programs and other services, supports and resources.

Personal Advocacy/Accompaniment
Accompany victim to emergency medical care, medical forensic exams, law enforcement interview advocacy, intervention with employer, creditor or landlord, child or dependent care assistance, and transportation assistance.

Emotional Support and Safety Services
Crisis intervention and safety planning, On-scene crisis response, and peer support groups.

Shelter/Housing Services
Assist with locating emergency shelter.

Criminal/Civil Justice System Assistance
Notice of criminal justice events, victim impact statement assistance, assistance with restitution, assist with Orders of Protection and Injunction against Harassment, assist potential recipients in seeking crime victim compensation benefits.

Program funded through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the City of Surprise. The Victim Assistance Unit exists to provide services to all victims of crime that are investigated by the Surprise Police Department. Program staff does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex disability or age. Accommodations can be made for non-English speaking victims.

Please contact the Surprise Police Department if you have any concerns or visit the following websites:

Additional Victim Assistance Resources

We would love to hear from your experience with our victim advocates. Please take time to fill out the survey below to help provide more training, funding, and to meet the needs of our community.

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DISCLAIMER: The information in this Website is for general purposes only and should not be construed as specific legal advice by the City of Surprise.  If you have specific legal questions please consult with your own lawyer.-