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The Broomfield Police Department is a community oriented police department that supports the Victim Services Unit and offers a wide range of services to help prevent crime and resolve problems. The Victim Services Unit was established as part of the Broomfield Police Department in 1987. Its purpose is to assist victims, witnesses, and their families who are in crisis after a crime or a traumatic event. As part of the Victim Services Unit, Victim advocates can assist crime victims and witnesses by providing support as they transition through their criminal justice process as well as helping them understand their rights as crime victims, and suggest the appropriate community referrals and resources.
After a crime, victims and witnesses often feel alone, isolated, helpless, and unable to reach out for assistance. A victim advocate can help victims and witnesses by providing:
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Colorado Revised Statutes identifies domestic violence as: An act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved with in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence includes any other crime against a person or property, including an animal, or any municipal ordinance violation against a person, or against property, including an animal, when it is used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge, directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship (C.R.S. 18-6-800.3 (1)).
It is important to understand the nature of domestic violence behavior and why it is a crime, even before law enforcement gets involved. If an individual commits a crime of violence or property damage against a co-worker, neighbor, or stranger, they are held accountable for their behavior when the crime is reported to law enforcement; as a society, we expect this behavior to be dealt with accordingly. As it is not permissible to treat a stranger with violence, it is even more important to understand similar behavior directed at a loved one is also criminal. Individuals do not get a pass when the violence is directed at a spouse or a significant other, and they should not blame their victim for their poor choices that caused their arrest.
You may hear an individual who was arrested for domestic violence say to friends or family, "My ex, or my partner, had me arrested for domestic violence." In many states, including Colorado, there is a mandatory arrest for intimate partner violence. This means that if a law enforcement officer believes there is probable cause (a reasonable person's belief) that a crime of domestic violence has occurred, the predominant aggressor shall be arrested; it is not up to the victim to press charges.
Often victims who report abuse describe being “choked” by their abuser. Choking is what you do on a beverage, a piece of food, or your own saliva; this victim is being strangled. This is a crime, as are many other abuses used as a method of coercion and control, such as driving recklessly with a passenger, abusing a pet, damaging property, head butting during an argument, or even climbing on top of someone to restrain them until they "calm down."
Recently, acts of domestic violence involving celebrities and athletes have played out in the media; the behavior belongs to the abuser, and oftentimes they lose their career or status due to this crime. The victim did not cause this fall from grace; the abuser caused it with their behavior.
Movies often depict the anger one character has toward another for a perceived slight, infidelity, or even retaliation for previous abuse committed during a current or past intimate relationship; these actions are also criminal under the domestic violence sentence enhancer. Retaliation is sometimes depicted in film or song format. In reality, this behavior is not entertaining, and in many cases is considered a crime.
Information explaining the definition of domestic violence and resources for individuals in an abusive relationship may provide victims, friends, and family members receive education and information for early intervention.
Crisis Intervention & Follow-Up
Advocates can assist in sorting through the confusing feelings victims may experience immediately following a crime or traumatic event, as well as later on. Advocates can help a victim manage one part of the problem at a time and regain control.
Resources and Referrals
Advocates use community resources, as well as the victim's own resources, to help build a network of support. Many resources are available in the community, including, but not limited to: financial assistance, victim compensation funds; counseling; legal resources; medical resources; transportation; household assistance; child care; assistance in dealing with creditors, employers, and landlords; services for victims with special needs; and translation services.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime and need assistance, please call the Victim Services Unit.
ICE Victim Notification Program
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HSI administers the Victim Notification Program, which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. Victims and witnesses are required to register with HSI in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release. Please visit
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Did You Know...
that two new laws on Revenge Porn went into effect on July 1, 2014?
What is Revenge Porn?
It is the criminalization of the posting or sharing of (sexually explicit) private images or video publically shared over the Internet of an individual over the age of 18 without their consent. This includes posting or distributing the images on any media site or any other web site with the intent to harass, humiliate, cause serious emotional distress, or intimidate the person depicted in the picture or video. This can also include any picture or video in which the victim was unaware they were being photographed or filmed. Revenge Porn is defined by the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) as these two crimes:
Posting a Private Image for Harassment. C.R.S. 18-7-107. A person commits a crime when he or she posts or publishes a private image for harassment if he or she posts or distributes through the use of social media or any web site any photograph, video, or other image displaying the private intimate parts of an identified or identifiable person 18 years of age or older: with the intent to harass the depicted person and inflict serious emotional distress upon the depicted person; without the depicted person's consent; or when the actor knew or should have known that the depicted person had a reasonable expectation that the image would remain private; and the conduct results in serious emotional distress of the depicted.
Posting a Private Image for Pecuniary (monetary) Gain. (C.R.S.) 18-7-108. A person who is 18 years of age or older commits the offense of posting a private image for pecuniary (monetary) gain if he or she posts or distributes through social media or any web site any photograph, video, or other image displaying the private intimate parts of an identified or identifiable person eighteen years of age or older: with the intent to obtain a pecuniary benefit from any person as a result of the posting, viewing, or removal of the private image; and when the actor has not obtained the depicted person's consent; or when the actor knew or should have known that the depicted person had a reasonable expectation that the image would remain private.
These crimes are defined as Class 1 Misdemeanors and the court shall fine the defendant up to $10,000. Along with any other sentence the court may impose; upon conviction, the court must order the defendant or the entity where the photos are posted or published to remove the photographs from the Internet.
Victims of the crime of Posting a Private Image for Pecuniary (monetary) Gain may seek civil remedies that include actual damages as a result of the posting of their private image and reasonable attorney's fees and costs.
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