Resources and constitutional rights that help protect victims of crime
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One of the most important aspects of the district attorney’s role is to ensure that those who are harmed by criminal behavior receive the support they need, remain informed of the status of their case and are protected.
Colorado’s Victim Rights Act (VRA) guarantees those who’ve been victimized the right to be heard, present and informed.
Within a district attorney’s office are specialists that provide services to victims and assist them in the criminal justice process.
There are numerous community resources, services and advocates for victims available outside the criminal justice system.
Victim Rights Amendment
“Any person who is a victim of a criminal act or such person’s designee, legal guardian, or surviving immediate family members if such person is deceased, shall have the right to be heard when relevant, informed and present at all critical stages of the criminal justice process.” Article II, Section 16A Colorado State Constitution
DA Victim Services
District attorney offices can provide direct assistance to victims of crime and connect them to a network of other government agencies and nonprofit organizations, providing:
- Safety & Protection
- Advocacy Services
- Notifications & Information
- Compensation & Restitution
Government and non-profit organizations in communities across Colorado provide services and resources to victims of crime and their families.