Have you been the victim of a crime?
If so, you may be able to receive help with crime-related expenses.  Crime Victim Compensation provides financial assistance for crime victims who have suffered a financial loss as the direct result of a crime.  The perpetrator does not have to be charged or convicted for the victim to apply for assistance. However, the victim and claimant must fully cooperate with law enforcement officers and prosecutors. Victim compensation applications and requests for assistance are reviewed and decided by a board. The board's decisions are based on the current program rules, and assistance is not guaranteed.

Expenses that are eligible for consideration by the Board:
  • Medical
  • Mental health counseling
  • Funeral
  • Crime scene clean-up
  • Loss of wages

Please understand the Board cannot consider requests for:
  • Property loss and damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Expenses that would benefit an offender
  • A person serving a sentence of imprisonment
  • A person delinquent in paying a fine, monetary penalty or restitution

The compensation program is the payor of last resort. Therefore, all other sources of compensation for economic loss must be exhausted before compensation benefits can be paid. Other payment sources can include, for example, health insurance, motor vehicle insurance, life insurance, proceeds from a civil suit, employer wage-continuation benefits, and restitution. If benefits from these sources do not cover the full amount of your eligible expenses, the program may be able to assist with the remaining obligations such as co-pays and deductibles.
About the process
Click here to download an application. Please note the application cannot be submitted electronically. The application will need to be completed, printed, and mailed or brought to the Pima County Attorney's Office. Include copies of crime-related bills and/or receipts with your application. If you have questions, please call (520) 740-5525 and ask to speak with a Crime Victim Compensation Specialist. More information is available in our brochure: (English and Spanish).

Victim Compensation Timeline
Victim Services Division
 
Resource Center
32 N. Stone Avenue, Tucson, Arizona 85701