Our Office, as well as the Sheriff’s Offices of each County within our jurisdiction, has Victim Advocates who help keep victims informed of the criminal justice proceedings.
Being the victim of a crime can cause lasting effects, both physical and mental. Trained victim advocates can give you support, information, and referrals.
The 13th Judicial District has many resources available to aid victims in their time of need. Advocates who care about you and your involvement in the criminal justice system staff this program. Their goal is to help lessen the impact of being a victim or a witness to a crime.
A victim advocate can give you information about how the court system works and the current status of your case.
Remember, in order to keep communications clear and up to date it is your responsibility to keep the District Attorney’s Office informed of any changes in your address and phone number at all times.
Application for Victim Compensation:
For more information please contact:
Jill Olsen, VALE Administrator
400 Warner St.
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Phone: (970) 542-3473
Some victims of crime may be eligible for compensation for medical, dental, or mental health services.
While not every victim suffers a financial loss, there is a process to request restitution when applicable.
The Constitution of the State of Colorado and the laws of this state guarantee rights to victims of crime. There are specific rights afforded to victims of certain crimes or in the case of the victim being deceased or incapacitated these rights are guaranteed to the victim’s spouse, partner, parent, child, sibling, legal guardian, or grandparent.
Among these rights, the most important are those rights pertaining to information. You have the right to have information about the critical stages of the criminal justice process and to know what is happening with your case.
For a complete listing of your rights, please refer to Colorado Revised Statutes § 24-4.1-101 through § 24-4.1-304
Victims of violent crime have additional rights as well. Again, many of these rights relate to being informed about aspects of the case, results of hearings, and your right to be heard.
The VALE Board oversees grant funding for victim services providers.