The Victim Advocacy Unit was established to assist victims of crime in navigating through the process of being a victim in the criminal justice system. Victim Advocates provide information on the criminal justice system, victim compensation, court case updates and referrals to community support organizations. They may also accompany victims to court and provide emotional support. If you need assistance from a victim advocate, please see Contacting Victim Advocates at right.
The District Attorney’s Office has two departments that are dedicated to providing quality assistance and resources for crime victims in our community. Our Victim Advocacy department can provide information on the criminal justice system, court case updates, referrals to community support organizations, and may accompany victims to court to provide emotional support. Meanwhile, our Victim Compensation department can assist with any victim compensation questions or concerns.
If you are a victim in criminal case and have any questions regarding your case please call our office at 719.520.6000. If possible, please be prepared to provide the defendant’s name, court case number and division so you can be transferred to the correct person.
For help and information, visit the Colorado Springs Community Crisis Recovery Center site
Please utilize the Self Help Trauma Site for questions relating to trauma.
The Victim Rights Act
Recognizing that victims are an inherent part of the criminal justice process, the voters of Colorado passed a resolution in November 1992 to include Victim Rights as part of the State’s constitution. The Victim Rights Act mandates the Office of the District Attorney to provide certain information and rights to victims of violent crimes. Victims have the right to be heard when relevant, informed, and present at all critical stages of the criminal justice process.
If you feel that your rights have been violated, you should attempt to seek compliance on the local level. If all local efforts to obtain your rights have failed, you may request assistance from the Coordinating Committee:
Colorado Department of Public Safety
Division of Criminal Justice
700 Kipling Street, Suite 1000
Denver, CO 80215-4442
1.888.282.1080 Toll Free
To view The Victim Rights Act statute refer to Colorado Revised Statues 24-4.1-101.
To learn more about The Victim Rights Act visit More Info
For a complete listing of critical stages covered under The Victim Rights Act refer to:
English (PDF) - Crime Victims Have Rights! (Large Print)
Spanish (PDF) - Víctimas de Crimen Tienen Derechos!
Russian (PDF) - Потерпевшие от Преступлений Имеют Права!
Korean (PDF) - Korean Crime Victims Have Rights!
Vietnamese (PDF) - Vietnamese Crime Victims Have Rights!
Chinese (PDF) - Chinese Crime Victims Have Rights!
Victim Impact StatementAbout the Victim Impact Statement (VIS)
Victims of a crime and their families have the right to participate and to be heard in the criminal justice system through the use of Victim Impact Statements (VIS). A VIS provides the victim an opportunity to address the court prior to sentencing. This opportunity also allows victims to personalize the crime and express the impact it has had on them and their families. This process may also aid victims in their emotional recovery.
A Victim Impact Statement can be written or oral. It grants the victim an opportunity to provide information for the judge to consider at sentencing, and it allows the victim to articulate the pain, anguish, and financial devastation the crime has caused.
For a Victim Impact Statement form contact the Victim Advocacy Unit at the number under Contacting Victim Advocates at right.