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Police Services Division, Detective Operations, Victim Assistance

 


Victim Advocates:

(303)651-8855 or (303)651-8873

Victim assistance is available to any citizen of Longmont or to any victim of a crime committed within the City of Longmont.



Victim and Witness Reactions:

The following reactions are normal after a trauma or crisis:

For Family and friends:
Listen carefully and spend time with the traumatized person. Do what you can to help them feel safe and remind them that their confusing emotions are normal.
Traumatized people are not comforted by statements such as, "You were lucky it wasn't worse." They may also feel blamed by questions like, "Why were you there?" Instead, tell them you are sorry such an event has occurred. Reassure them that it was not their fault. Ask them to help you understand how they feel and what you can do to help.

Even if you weren't the direct victim, remember that people who care about victims often become co - victims emotionally. Find people who can listen to and support you. Ask for help when you need it.


We Provide:
Victims and witnesses often feel alone, isolated, and helpless and sometimes experience self-blame. Also, it is common that victims and witnesses find it difficult to ask for assistance. A victim assistance advocate can help victims and witnesses by providing the following services:

Crisis Intervention
As experienced, active listeners, advocates can assist victims in sorting through the confusing feelings they may be experiencing. It is important that victims are reassured that their reactions are normal.

Resources and Referral
Many resources are available in the community, and advocates can initiate contact with them. Referral information for victim compensation, counseling, and safe shelter are often provided.

Advocacy and Practical Help
Advocates can give procedural and actual information about the accident or crime and act as liaisons with the law enforcement agency and criminal justice system.

Victim's Bill of Rights:
Colorado is a state which has an amendment guaranteeing specific rights to victims of certain crimes. Some of those rights are as follows:

Community Resources:

Victim Assistance - 303 - 651 - 8855

District Attorney's Office, Victim Witness Program - 303 - 441 - 3700

Safehouse (Available 24hrs) - 303 - 449 - 8623

LEVI (Longmont Ending Violence Initiative) 303 - 774 - 4534

Rape Crisis (Available 24hrs) - 303 - 443 - 7300

Emergency Psychiatric Unit (Available 24hrs) - 303 - 447 - 1665

Heartbeat (support after suicide) - 303 - 828 - 3325

Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties (grief counseling) - 303 - 604 - 5300

Legal services - 303 - 449 - 7575

If you have any questions or would like more information about Victim Assistance,
please email or call 303 - 651 - 8855.

The Longmont Police Department utilizes members of the community to staff our team of victim advocates.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer victim advocate, an application and additional information are available.


 

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