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Victim Services
Victim Services Unit 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:

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 http://www.ice.gov/victim-notification/ for more information.

Did You Know...

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 an intimate partner, and they should not blame their victim for their poor choices that caused their arrest. 

Sometimes you will hear an individual who was arrested for domestic violence say to friends or family, "My ex, my partner, or boyfriend or girlfriend had me arrested. In many states, including Colorado, if an officer believes the crime of intimate partner violence has occurred, there is a mandatory arrest. 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 have to "press charges" or ask for the abuser to be arrested. 

When a victim reports the abuse that has happened to them, many times one of the injuries they report to the officer is they were “choked” by their abuser. Choking is what you do on a beverage, a piece of food, or your own saliva. The crime that has happened to this victim is actually strangulation.  This is a serious crime, as the injury can cause internal swelling which can interfere with breathing and swallowing.  There are many forms of abuse that are used as a method of coercion, control, and intimidation. The violence can range from: hitting, shoving, pinching; driving recklessly with the victim; injuring, shoving, harming, and abusing children; hitting, kicking, strangling a family pet; damaging the victim's property and vehicles; head butting during an argument; to even climbing on top of someone to restrain them or slap them until they "calm down." 

When acts of domestic violence involving celebrities and athletes have played out in the media when have to remember the behavior belongs to the abuser. Intimate partner violence is a crime. Oftentimes threats to not report the violence is carried by the victim because they are afraid the abuser will lose their career, security clearance, or community status due to this crime. The victim did not cause this fall from grace; the abuser caused it with their behavior. 

Information explaining domestic violence and resources for individuals seeking help while in an abusive relationship is available. There are resource available which can provide victims, friends, and family members with education and referrals for early intervention. 

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 303-839-1852 or http://www.ncadv.org/

SPAN Boulder 303-444-2424, 303-673-9000, or http://www.safehousealliance.org/

Women in Crisis (Family Tree) 303-430-6752 or 
http://www.thefamilytree.org/en/domestic-violence-services/106

Domestic Violence Initiative for Women with Disabilities 303-839-5510  or http://www.dviforwomen.org/

Boulder Men's Center 303-444-8064  

Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley 303-772-4422 or http://www.safeshelterofstvrain.org/
Colorado Coalition against Domestic Violence 303-831-9632 or http://ccadv.org/.