The Victim Assistance Unit (VAU) provides crisis intervention services, support, information and advocacy to victims, witnesses and family members in the event of criminal victimization or in certain instances of non-criminal stark misfortune. A proactive, comprehensive victim-centered approach is implemented to meet each victim's needs through on-scene crisis interventions and follow-up services.
The unit’s victim specialists are available to respond within Denver’s communities with other members of the police department and will identify resources/services and connect those affected by crime and stark misfortune to community and system-based agencies for further support. We also provide information related to navigating and understanding the investigative process within the Denver Police Department and the criminal justice system along with understanding crime victim rights in Colorado.
The purpose of the Colorado Victim Rights Act (C.R.S. Section 24-4.1-302.5) is to preserve and protect a victim's rights to justice and due process and to ensure the justice system pursue the rights of victims with equal diligence as rights guaranteed to criminal defendants.
The Constitution of the State of Colorado and the laws of this state guarantee rights to the victims of the following crimes:
Crimes Against Children
Murder/Manslaughter/Homicide/Death Related Offenses
Victims of the crimes listed above are guaranteed the following rights and may be entitled to special services and even financial assistance (for more information, download our Victim Rights Brochure). If the victim is deceased or incapacitated, these rights are guaranteed to the victim’s spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, significant other or other lawful representative:
Personal Treatment / Privacy
Case Information / Legal Proceedings
Community Resources / Employment Assistance
Criminal Convictions, Release, Etc.
If you are a victim of a crime that involves physical injury, depending upon the circumstances you may qualify for financial assistance from the Victim Compensation Fund. For more information, call (720) 913-9253.
You can also visit the Denver District Attorney's Crime Victim Compensation Office for additional resources.
The Center for Trauma and Resilience provides culturally and linguistically responsive programs, health promotion and crime prevention education. Our services are broad, supporting survivors of simple theft, domestic and sexual violence, to suicide/homicide survivors. We provide crisis intervention, case management, financial assistance, client relocation, integrated physical and mental health programs and more, all without financial cost to our clients.
SafeHouse serves victims of domestic violence and their children through both an emergency shelter and non-residential Counseling / Advocacy Center. All of the women and children at SafeHouse have access to a full range of services including individual and group counseling, advocacy and safety planning.
Victim Notification (VineLink) VINE is a National Victim Notification Network created to keep victims informed about the custody status of their offenders. Victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information, or register to receive notifications about about their offender's custody status.
The Colorado Office for Victims Programs houses a series of programs to support the lives of crime victims as well as programs providing statewide guidance on how to best support specific victim populations.
The Victim Assistance Unit, in conjunction with the Cold Case Investigations Unit, has created a Cold Case Victim Program that employs a full-time Cold Case Program Coordinator. The VAU Cold Case Program Coordinator works side-by-side with Cold Case Detectives and serves as the primary point of contact for victims, co-victims and family members identified in unsolved sexual assaults and unresolved homicides. She is on-call and available to respond to meet with victims and family members, to assist in the identification of resources and additional assistance as renewed activity begins in these cases. She is also available as a point of contact for victims and families who would like updates and information in their cases for as long as they remain unsolved or unresolved.
If you would like more immediate assistance regarding support or resources to aid in the recovery process related to an unresolved murder or sexual assault, please contact:
Special Projects Coordinator
720-913-6677 (Direct Line)
720-913-6035 (General Line)
We are on-call and available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to provide crisis intervention and services to victims of crime or incidents of non-criminal, stark misfortune.
1331 Cherokee Street
Denver, CO 80224
Hours of Operation
Weekdays: 6 AM to 5:30 PM
Weekends: 5 AM to 4 PM
Holidays: 7 AM to 3 PM
Our office is open 365 days a year.
Dial 911 for Emergencies
A Guide for Victims of Sexual Assault (PDF)
The Victim Assistance Unit is available to assist victims and family members with understanding the effects of trauma following a sexual assault or other criminal victimization. If you need assistance please contact us at (720) 913-6035.