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Who can I refer a survivor to speak to for help?

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Who Can I Refer a Survivor To For Help?

There are several sexual assault advocacy and counseling resources available in Colorado to assist survivors in their decision-making process. Take a look at our Colorado map to find a nearby confidential sexual assault advocacy program and/or some 24/7 help line numbers survivors can call.

There are two kinds of victim advocates survivors may encounter in their journey:

Confidential, Community-Based Victim Advocates

Community-based advocates often work at sexual assault advocacy centers or dual domestic violence and sexual assault programs. Not every community has this type of program, however. Key services a community-based advocate might offer are:

  • Confidential advocacy
  • Give victims information about their rights and resources under Colorado Victims’ Rights Act (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-4.1-301)
  • Support group, counseling, therapy services or referrals to other agencies that provide these services
  • Education for the victim’s loved ones regarding the effects of sexual violence
  • Victim assistance with civil legal issues (civil protection order, school-based accommodations, etc.)
  • Support for needs outside the criminal justice system, as well as ongoing support after the criminal justice system resolution
  • Provide emotional support and trauma-informed response
  • Assistance in applying for Colorado Crime Victim Compensation

Non-Confidential, Systems-Based Victim Advocates

System-based advocates are employed at law enforcement agencies, district attorney’s offices, or other public agencies. They provide:

  • Non-confidential advocacy
  • Support to law enforcement and district attorneys
  • Give victims information about their rights and resources under Colorado Victims’ Rights Act (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 24-4.1-301)
  • Give victims information about the case and criminal justice process
  • Referrals for support groups, counseling, and therapy, or referrals to other agencies that provide these services
  • Assistance in applying for Colorado Crime Victim Compensation
  • Education for the victim’s loved ones regarding the effects of sexual violence
  • Referrals for civil legal issues (civil protection order, school-based accommodations, etc.)
  • Provide emotional support and trauma-informed response

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