(Sept. 14, 2022) Did you know that Colorado law guarantees certain rights for victims of many crimes? If you are a victim of a serious crime like assault, menacing, domestic violence, robbery or burglary, you have a legal right to:
- Be treated with fairness, respect and dignity
- Be free from intimidation, harassment, and abuse
- Be informed of critical stages of the criminal justice process
- Be present for, and heard, at certain stages of the criminal justice process.
The Colorado Department of Public Safety has a special unit dedicated to victims’ rights, housed within the Division of Criminal Justice Office of Victims Programs. You can find out more about your rights as a victim on their Victim Rights Act website.
If you believe that your rights as a victim have been violated pursuant to Colorado's Victim Rights Act (VRA), you can contact the VRA Specialist for more information and assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re not able to resolve your concerns directly with the local agency you’ve been dealing with, Colorado has a VRA subcommittee that reviews formal complaints and recommends steps to ensure agencies are respecting the legal rights of victims in their communities.
For more information, visit https://dcj.colorado.gov/dcj-offices/victims-programs/crime-victim-rights-act-vra.