- Victim Resources
The La Plata County Sheriff's Office Victim Resources provides support, timely information and resources to persons as they are notified of a death. Often when families residing in La Plata County cope with death of a loved one, or are notified of a traumatic death of a loved one living outside of La Plata County, a Victim Resource team member will provide timely support. The Victim Resource team is a sounding board and also has relevant information regarding tasks that will need to be done in the days ahead. Victim Resources provides follow up contact to make sure that if additional information is needed, e.g., counseling for children/adolescents or basic information related to administrative type tasks following death of a loved one, that guidance is readily available.
If you would like more information or you have questions about Victim Resources contact: 970– 382-7036 or https://www.facebook.com/laplatacountysheriff/
Important Links and Resources
2301 Main Avenue
Durango, CO. 81301
An alternative to the standard court process concerning juveniles. La Plata Youth Services works to prevent youth from entering and furthering penetrating the Juvenile Justice System through Positive Asset Development, while holding them accountable to their victims. They also work with the victims of these offenders with victim support, a restitution program and Victim Offender Mediation.
Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program
PO Box 2913
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Phone: (970) 264-9075 private & confidential
Fax: (970) 264-2186
It is the belief of the Victim Assistance Program that all people have the right to live free from violence by providing support and advocacy services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and/or other types of victimization caused by violence. Personalized assistance and support services include: safety planning; legal advocacy; human services advocacy; domestic violence and sexual assault education; individual/group counseling; emergency housing; transportation; and referral of clients to other supportive services. Additionally, ACVAP promotes effecting lasting community change through a primary prevention education program aimed at youth, specialized training to targeted audiences, and outreach efforts directed toward the community at large.
Probation Victim Notification Program 6th Judicial District
Victim Services Officer
Victims who fall under the Victim Right's Amendment whose offender has been sentenced to probation are sent an initial notification letter and brochure informing them of their right to be notified of particular stages in probation. Once a victim requests inclusion in the Victim Notification (VNOT) program the Victim Services Officer places them in VNOT status and they are notified when critical stages occur. These critical stages as defined by statute are:
- Any modification of the probation sentence
- Probation revocations
- Filing of any complaint, summons or warrant by probation or because the location of the defendant is unknown
- Change of venue or transfer of probation supervision from one jurisdiction to another
- Any request for the defendant â€™s early release from probation
- Probation termination
- In Domestic Violence cases only, any conduct by the defendant that results in an increase in the probation supervision level
If the victim does not â€œopt in â€ then they will not be notified of these critical stages.
Restorative justice / Victim Offender Mediation - Click here for information
Crossroads Mediation and Facilitation, offers a form of Restorative Justice known as Victim-Offender Mediation which provides interested victims of various crimes the opportunity to meet their offenders in a safe and structured setting. This is a face-to-face meeting, in the presence of a trained mediator, between the victim of a crime and the person who committed that crime. In some cases, the victim and offender are joined by family and community members.
In the meeting, the offender and the victim can talk to each other about what happened, the effects of the crime on their lives, and their feelings about it. Both are directly involved in developing an agreement that will bring reparation for harm done including restitution if applicable and provide positive change for the future.
General mediation services are also available.
La Plata Family Centers Coalition
Supervised Visitation (970) 385-4747
Safe Exchange (970)385-4747
La Plata Family Centers Coalition offers Safe Exchange as well as Supervised Visitation. Both of these programs allow parents to maintain relationships with their children regardless of the parent â€™s ideas,and feelings towards each other. The divorces and separations the families that are served are going through, are a "high conflict divorce", this is more often than not due to domestic violence.
Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance COVA
2460 W. 26th Avenue, Suite 255-C
Denver, Colorado 80211
The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) is committed to fairness and healing for crime victims, their families and communities through leadership, education, and advocacy. By operating in an inclusive and compassionate manner, COVA creates solutions and positive change.
COVA's vision is to be recognized as a national leader in building a collaborative environment where crime victims are given the opportunity to heal and restore balance to their lives.
Department of Corrections Victim Services
DOC Victim Notification Program
PO Box 392004
Denver, CO 80239-8004
303-307-2225 or 800-886-7688
The path of a victim is not easy. The criminal justice system is a large and often an intimidating process. There are many new terms and procedures to learn. Victim Services works to reduce the confusion and frustration you might otherwise feel by providing clear and useful information in a timely manner. It is our promise to honor and respect you and to act as your guide while the offender is under the jurisdiction of the Colorado Department of Corrections.
It is our commitment to you and your family to provide direct and personal service. We want your voice to be heard through the of the offender's confinement in the Colorado Department of Corrections. We are always here to help you.
Colorado State Judicial Branch
The Colorado Judicial Branch is a fair and impartial system of justice that:
Protects constitutional and statutory rights and liberties
Assures equal access
Provides fair, timely and constructive resolution of cases
Enhances public safety
Facilitates victim and community reparation
Victims Rights Act Compliance
Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)
Founded in 1984, the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) is the collective voice of survivors of sexual violence and those who support a society free from violence and oppression. We work to eliminate sexual violence by providing education, training, and prevention initiatives;influencing public policy; advocating for resources; and promoting offender accountability. CCASA reduces the impact of sexual violence by advocating that each and every survivor is treated with dignity and respect, and has full access to quality services. We work with local organizations throughout the state to provide support through resources,training, and public policy.
Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV)
The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) is dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence in all of its forms. We recognize that this requires a fundamental change in society's views of gender and gender roles. Through community education, networking and the empowerment of battered women and children, CCADV serves as a forum for social action and the development of services for battered women and their families by bringing its membership and the community together. CCADV is a diverse network of rural and urban advocates who work together through the coalition to coordinate services, exchange information and work on issues of common concern, thereby providing statewide environment that will nurture members' local,community-based efforts to stop domestic violence.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)