Victim Assistance Program
That every victim of crime and every Elbert County Resident is provided support, advocacy and education in their time of need.
Through intervention, advocacy, and education, the victim assistance program provides support to individuals in a manner that empowers them to recover from traumatic events.
The Elbert County Victim Assistance program is staffed by dedicated victim advocates that help individuals who have been victimized or who have otherwise experienced trauma. Advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist individuals and families with services such as:
Criminal Justice system support and advocacy
Information /Referral to community resources
Education on the dynamics of victimization and trauma
For more information about the program or if you need assistance with trauma or crime related issues, please contact our office at (303) 621-2027 ext. 6126-or 6129
Becoming a victim of crime is probably one of the most stressful events in a person's life. Within the first few minutes, hours or even days after the crime a victim, and those around them, are likely to experience physical, emotional or financial harm that is difficult for them to cope with. In the aftermath of a victimization and/or traumatic event such as the loss of a loved one, our advocates are here to help. We provide:
Crisis Intervention, either at the scene of the crime or by phone
Emotional Support intended to empower individual recovery after a traumatic event
Grief Support to those whose loved ones have died
Once a crime is reported, the person who was victimized becomes part of the criminal justice system. Navigating the criminal justice system can be a confusing and sometimes frustrating experience. To help victims through their experience, our team of advocates is there to help victims in many ways:
Ensuring the rights of victim's, including the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, as outlined in the Colorado Victims' Right's Amendment
C.R.S. Section 24-4.1-302(1)
To help identify available community resources for those who have been victimized
and for those who have experienced a traumatic event.
We recognize that crime not only affects the individual it was perpetrated against, but it also affects the
community as a whole. As such, our victim assistance program works diligently to provide community education which
focuses on victim issues and the needs of those in crisis. Community education is multi-faceted and ranges from:
Training of local law enforcement on victims' rights legislation and victims' right's amendment
Assisting schools with intervention in the aftermath of school crises
Facilitating community wide campaigns during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Crime Victims' Rights Awareness Week
From Crime to Recovery:
Although every person's experience in the aftermath of a crime or traumatic event is different, the recovery process can be extremely difficult. Recovering from the debilitating effects of physical, emotional and financial harm can feel overwhelming. Our goal is to assist individuals with rebuilding their lives' after a crime or traumatic event. It is important for you to remember that experiencing reactions such as shock, disbelief, anger, fear, frustration, confusion, guilt, shame, or sorrow is normal. You should also remember YOU CAN RECOVER. The following information is provided to assist you during your journey:
Victim Right's & Compensation & Notification
Right's of Crime Victims Brochure / Right's of Crime Victims Brochure- Spanish
Victim Compensation Brochure
CO VINE stands for Colorado Victim Information and Notification Everyday and is a system that notifies victims when an
inmate is transferred, released, or escapes. Please click here for more information.
Types of Abuse
For additional resources or to speak to an advocate, please call (303) 621-2027 ext. 6129
Victim Assistance Coordinator
The Elbert County Sheriff's Office Victim Assistance program provides crisis intervention, support, advocacy, resources,
referrals, and follow-up assistance to victims and co-victims of crime 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The program is
staffed by a team of dedicated Advocates whose primary focus is in assuring that victims are treated with fairness, dignity
and respect during the criminal justice process. Additionally, we are here to help individuals who need support, information
or referrals following a traumatic event.
The Victim Assistance Program is located
In the Elbert Sheriff's Office
751 Ute. Ave
Kiowa, CO 80117
Hours: 8:00am- 4:30pm
Advocates are available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If you would like to speak to
an advocate, please call (303) 621-2027 ext. 6126 or 6129 during regular business hours, or (303)-660-7500 after hours for
response by an on-call advocate.