It can be uniquely difficult for victims of domestic violence to leave their abusers. Not only is it a deeply emotional and personal decision to leave an abuser, victims of domestic violence are often left with substantial financial burdens in the wake of leaving an abusive significant other. Thankfully, victims of domestic violence are often entitled to financial restitution from their abusers pursuant to Arizona state law.
The Commission on Victims in the Courts (COVIC) is an Arizona body tasked with addressing various issues related to victims' rights which arise during the prosecution of various crimes including domestic violence. In recognition of the financial burdens suffered by victims of domestic violence, including medical bills and legal fees, Arizona law insists that affected individuals are entitled to restitution for the economic losses suffered as a result of the crimes committed against them. Both COVIC resources and experienced attorneys can help victims navigate Arizona's restitution laws and protections.
An experienced attorney may also help victims entitled to restitution secure liens against certain kinds of real and personal property owned by the offender. There are restrictions on how these liens may be filed, but in general they can provide a concrete way for victims to ensure that their due restitution is properly paid.
After an individual has been convicted of domestic violence charges, victims must act quickly to ensure that they are granted the restitution that is their right under Arizona law. If you or a loved one has questions about victim restitution, please speak to an experienced attorney who can help you understand your legal options.
Source: Arizona Judicial Branch, “Restitution”