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This area has been created to give you as much information as possible to move forward after you or someone you love has been sexually assaulted.  Please take your time reviewing the materials in this section and, of course, if you have any questions, contact us.

If you have been sexually assaulted and would like to speak to a rape crisis advocate, please contact The Blue Bench’s 24-hour hotline: 303-322-7273

Linea de Crisis 303-329-0031

TTY Hotline 303-329-0023 (9am-5pm, M-F)

 

Please see the list of resources below for help.   All of the groups below have been carefully selected due to their experience, care and professionalism.

Advocacy

The Blue Bench (formerly RAAP)

The mission of The Blue Bench is to work towards the elimination of sexual violence. The primary goals are to assist victims and educate the public about sexual violence and its prevention. The Blue Bench’s Victim Services Department provides services to both female and male survivors of rape and incest who are ages 13 and older. The Blue Bench does not turn away individuals based on an inability to pay. Services include: 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotlines (Spanish and English) Victim Advocacy/Case Management, Counseling, Community Outreach, Abuse Prevention Education, Personal Safety Skills for Women and Girls, In-Service Training, Expert testifying and a Canvass program.

www.thebluebench.org
Administrative Office: (303) 329-9922
24-Hour Hotline: (303) 322-7273
Linea de Crisis: (303) 320-0031
TTY Hotline: (303) 329-0023 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

Denver Department of Human Services (DDHS)

DDHS helps and protects people of all ages. In addition to public assistance programs, they protect abused and neglected children and adults by making sure they live in safe environments. They also provide referrals and community resources to individuals and families in crisis. The Family and Children’s Division maintains a 24-hour, seven days per week child abuse hotline. The Adult Protection Program provides services to adults age 18 and older who are susceptible to mistreatment including abuse, exploitation and neglect.

www.denvergov.org/HumanServices

24-hour Child Abuse Hotline: (720) 944-3000
Adult Protection Hotline: (720) 944-2994

The Denver Center for Crime Victims (DCCV)

DCCV is a nonprofit agency that provides services to victims of crime and prevention education. DCCV serves all victims of crime regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or national origin. Services include an emergency crime victim fund, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling and support groups. They are also home to the Translation & Interpreting Center: www.ticenterdenver.com. All services are confidential and provided at no cost.

www.denvervictims.org
Administrative Office: (303) 860-0660
24-Hour Hotline (303) 894-8000 (English)

(303) 718-8289 (Espanol)

303-860-9555 (TTY until 5pm. Please use 711 after hours)

Healing from the Heart

Healing from the Heart is a nonprofit counseling agency which provides and facilitates the highest quality mental health services to those seeking help in healing from traumatic incidents, victimization, violence, and other adverse life experiences.  Healing from the Heart offers group, individual and family therapy accepting various methods of payment ranging from no-cost to sliding scale fees.  Healing from the Heart also provides case management services, courtroom advocacy and serves those in the LGBTQ community as well as adolescents and adults.

Office (303)733-1176

www.healingfromtheheart.org

 

WINGS Foundation

Since 1982, WINGS Foundation has provided support, advocacy, and educational services to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their supporters.  WINGS has over 15 therapist-facilitated support groups throughout the Denver metro area, Greeley, and Colorado Springs that are open to any male or female age 18 and over who desires to heal from their childhood sexual abuse experience.  We also provide support groups in Spanish and support groups for the loved ones of survivors (spouse/partner, sibling, non-offending parent, adult child, or close friends).  WINGS also provides referrals to therapists who have expertise in working with survivors and our staff will do speaking presentations and educational events in the community.

Office: (303) 238-8660 or 1-800-373-8671

www.wingsfound.org

 

Advocacy–Special Populations

Asian Pacific Development Center

The Asian Pacific Development Center is a community-based nonprofit that serves the needs of a growing population of Asian American and Pacific Islander residents throughout Colorado. Services include victim assistance and advocacy, individual and group counseling, interpretation/translation services among many other programs

www.apdc.org
Office: (303) 388-1172

Colorado Anti-Violence Program (CAVP)

CAVP is dedicated to eliminating violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities in Colorado, and providing the highest quality services to survivors. CAVP provides direct client services 24 hours a day which includes crisis intervention, information, and referrals for LGBT victims of violence. Some examples of violence includes hate crimes, partner abuse, sexual assault, random violence and HIV-motivated violence.

www.coavp.org
Office: (303) 830-5204
24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (303) 852-5094 / 1-888-557-4441

Denver Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC)

DCAC serves children who have been sexually abused, neglected, or traumatized by witnessing violence. DCAC is one of 14 child advocacy centers in Colorado providing friendly, family-supportive services in one central location or close by. DCAC is unique in that it provides bilingual, bicultural services in English and Spanish; services for traumatized children and their non-offending family at no cost; assessment and treatment services for children ages 1 through 17; specialized assessment and treatment services for very young children ages 1 to 6; child-friendly forensic interviews and evaluations; extended treatment hours on Saturdays, ongoing affordable trainings for parents and professionals; and prevention programs and support services for at-risk children and families.

www.denvercac.org Office: 303-825-3850

Toll Free: 1-800-644-3850

 

Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC)

The DIFRC is a child welfare agency dedicated to meeting the diverse and emerging needs of Indian children and families in the Denver metropolitan area. Their goal is to assist families to avoid involvement with the child welfare system and to support and advocate for families already involved. They provide a variety of services that build up the strengths of our Indian families and that help children thrive.

www.difrc.org
Office: (303) 871-8035

Denver Indian Health & Family Services (DIHFS)

DIHFS provides culturally appropriate services for American Indians/Alaskan Natives living in the Denver Metro area. Services include: basic non-emergency medical care, diabetes case management, women’s health, child/adolescent health, men’s health, medication, exercise & nutrition and behavioral health (outpatient mental health/substance abuse for adults and adolescents).

www.dihfs.org
Office: (303) 781-4050

Domestic Violence Initiative for women with disabilities (DVI)

DVI strives to create, promote and support viable alternatives for women with disabilities who are victims/survivors of domestic violence, stalking, caretaker abuse and sexual assault. DVI offers crisis intervention, victim advocacy, peer support, education and awareness, resources, self advocacy and other relevant services.

Office: (303) 839-5510 Voice / TTYToll Free: 1-877-839-5510

DOVE: Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Women and Children

DOVE provides culturally appropriate and fully accessible services for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard-of-Hearing victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. DOVE works to empower victims by providing 24-hour crisis intervention, information and referral, and advocacy. DOVE is also committed to changing attitudes which foster and perpetuate violence through community education, outreach and interagency collaboration.

www.deafdove.org
Office: (303) 831-7932 TTY/Voice or Info@deafdove.org
24-Hour Crisis Hotline (303) 831-7874 TTY/Voice or Hotline@deafdove.org

Project PAVE

Project PAVE empowers youth to end the cycle of relationship violence through prevention, education and early intervention in underserved Denver communities.  Project PAVE works with children, youth and families who have experienced domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, sexual abuse, peer or sibling abuse and teen dating violence.  Counseling services are provided in the City Park clinic and in three partner schools; prevention efforts center on educating middle and high school students about dating violence and healthy relationships.

Office: (303) 322-2382

www.projectpave.org

Muslim Family Services of Colorado (MFS)

MFS is a non-profit organization that provides services while honoring Islamic models and Islamic teaching. Their mission is to help families and individuals be safe, secure and self-reliant through education, services and advocacy. Services include: advocacy in the criminal justice system, crisis intervention and referrals to victims service networks. MFS also provides customized family support through counseling, accessing services, and referral. In addition, they offer short-term individual and family support for emergency needs through emergency funds, as well as referrals for food, clothing and shelter.

Office: 303-755-5228

Servicios de la Raza

Servicios de la Raza strives to provide and advocate comprehensive culturally relevant human services primarily, but not limited to the Spanish speaking population. Servicios de la Raza operates a Domestic Violence Victim Services Program, which focuses specifically on the Chicano/Mexicano/Latino population regarding both domestic violence and sexual assault. The Victim Advocate works with victims and their families serving as their advocate as they navigate the judicial system, shelters and social service systems. Additional services include counseling, support groups and a 24-hour crisis line.

http://www.serviciosdelaraza.org/
Office: (303) 458-5851
24-hour crisis line: (303) 458-0788

Coalitions/Collaborations/Research

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)

CCASA is the collective voice of survivors of sexual violence and those who support a society free from violence and oppression. They 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.

www.ccasa.org
Office: (303) 839-9999

Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA)

COVA is a statewide membership organization 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.

www.coloradocrimevictims.org
Office: (303) 861-1160 / 1-800-261-2682

Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking

LCHT is a Denver-based non-profit organization working to combat human trafficking at a local and global level through community-based research; awareness and education; leadership development; and intentional collaboration. In the past five years, LCHT has trained over 10,000 community members, law enforcement, and social service providers; supported over 50 interns in becoming human rights leaders; helped 15 survivors consider college; and collaborated with numerous organizations.

www.combathumantrafficking.org

Office: 303-295-0495

Victim Services Network (VSN)

VSN is a collaborative network that connects and supports agencies and communities to provide innovative, seamless, and integrated services to victims of crime in Denver, CO.

www.victimservicesnetwork.org
Office: (720) 913-9260

Colleges/Universities

The Phoenix Center at Auraria

The Phoenix Center at Auraria (PCA) is a tri-institutional Center on the Auraria campus. It is a partnership between the Community College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the Auraria Higher Education Center (AHEC) to respond to issues of interpersonal violence (IPV), including sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. The Center provides free and confidential resources and assistance to survivors of interpersonal violence and their friends and families. The Center serves all students, faculty, and staff on the Auraria Campus regardless of where or when the incident of violence occurred. The PCA also conducts training, education, and primary prevention initiatives across campus. PCA has an on call helpline that is available to the Auraria campus community, free and confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days week. Trained advocates can explain options, provide emotional support, or provide accompaniment to the hospital or police station.

Office: (303) 556-6011

24/hour free and confidential helpline: 303-556-CALL (2255)

 

Regis University–Office of Counseling and Personal Development

Regis University Office of Counseling and Personal Development provides assistance to students in the areas of psychological counseling, psycho-educational programming and consultative services. Services provided include individual therapy, crisis intervention, violence prevention and group seminars for a variety of issues, including sexual assault, self-harming behaviors, Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, concentration difficulties and eating disorders. Please note that these services are only offered to students enrolled at Regis University.

www.regis.edu/ocpd
Office: (303) 458-3507

University of Denver–Gender Violence Education and Support Services

The Gender Violence Education and Support Services (GVESS) Office provides safe and confidential resources and assistance to survivors of gender violence and their families. GVESS also operates the Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate Network Hotline, which is available 24/7 except for summer and winter break. However, the GVESS office can be contacted year-round for support. In addition to victim services, the GVESS office strives to educate the campus community on gender violence and its effects as well as provide prevention initiatives. The GVESS Office provides services to all who need them regardless of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, marital status, and veteran status. Please note that you must be a student, faculty or staff member at the University of Denver to utilize these services.

http://www.du.edu/studentlife/Sexual_Assault/
GVESS Office: (303) 871-3853
Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate Hotline: (303) 871-3456

Law Enforcement

Denver Police Department (DPD)

The Denver Police Department strives to deliver high quality public safety services so all people may share a safe and healthy environment. Within DPD, various units are involved in responding to sexual assault, including Patrol, the Victim Assistance Unit (VAU), Sex Crimes Unit (SCU) and Sex Offender Registration.

www.denvergov.org/police
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: (720) 913-2000

Denver Police Department–Sex Crimes Unit (SCU)

The Sex Crimes Unit in the Crimes Against Persons Bureau handles all sexual assaults with the exception of cases of sexual assault on a child by a family member or person in a position of trust, which is handled by DPD’s Child Abuse Unit. The Sex Crimes Unit is dedicated to providing victims of sexual assault with a timely, thorough investigation.

Emergency: 911
SCU Main: (720) 913-6050

Denver Police Department–Sex Offender Registration Unit

The Denver Police Department Sex Offender Registration Team is responsible for registering sex offenders and maintaining a file of those registered in the City and County of Denver. A database of registered offenders in Denver and community notifications of the arrests and releases of Sexually Violent Predators are available online. The Sex Offender Registration Unit also keeps a database of offenders that have failed to register.

http://www.denvergov.org/tabid/392258/Default.aspx
(720) 913-6039

Law Enforcement–Victim Assistance

Denver Police Department–Victim Assistance Unit (VAU)

The VAU is part of the Criminal Investigations Division within the Crimes Against Persons Bureau of the Denver Police Department (DPD) and represents the only law enforcement based, on-scene response to victims of crime and/or stark misfortune within the City & County of Denver. The VAU provides immediate intervention, support and information to victims of crime or stark misfortune. Victim Specialists from the VAU are on call 24-hours a day, 365 days a year and are dispatched to crime scenes, homes, hospitals and any location where victimization may occur.

www.denvergov.org/vau
Office: (720) 913-6035

Legal

Denver Adult Probation Department

Denver Adult Probation Department provides services to victims consistent with the Victim Rights Amendment through the Victim Assistance Coordinator. Individual Probation Officers are responsible for enforcing restitution orders and other conditions of probation. Victims, immediate family members or appointed representatives may request notification of status changes at critical stages in the offender’s probation. The Probation Department is also implementing additional programs to directly assist victims of sexual assault, in order to help them understand what conditions the sex offender must abide by while on probation.

www.courts.state.co.us
(720) 913-4700
TTY: (303) 377-0427

Denver District Attorney’s Office

The Denver District Attorney’s Office handles many felony and misdemeanor cases each year. As the chief law enforcement office in the 2nd judicial district, the District Attorney is responsible for prosecuting all of the felonies, misdemeanors, and serious traffic offenses committed in Denver. This includes felony sexual assault cases.

www.denverda.org
(720) 913-9000

Crime Victim Compensation

A person who has been the victim of a crime (including sexual assault) in the City and County of Denver may be eligible for crime victim compensation. Some financial assistance to victims of crime is available through the Crime Victim Compensation Fund administered through the Denver District Attorney’s office. Financial assistance may help pay for medical expenses, mental health counseling, loss of wages due to injury and residential doors, locks and windows.

http://www.denverda.org/DA_Programs/victim_info/victim_compensation.htm
Office: (720) 913-9253 / (720)913-9182 (TDD)

Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center

The Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center provides free legal representation for victims of violent crime in criminal cases, aiding with the enforcement of both Colorado and Federal Crime Victim’s Rights Acts. They operate as independent legal counsel charged to protect the legal rights and best interests of the victim through a broad-based approach grounded in litigation, creative problem solving, and extensive knowledge of the judicial system. Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center provides pro bono legal case representation, community referrals, training, outreach, technical assistance and consultation.

www.rmvictimlaw.org/

Office: (303) 295-2001

Victim Justice

Victim Justice is a private, national law firm that increases options for victims of violence by providing progressive legal representation within the criminal and civil justice systems. They specialize in civil litigation against offenders and third parties, victim representation in criminal cases, victim rights enforcement, school or employment intervention, restraining orders and education/training on sexual assault dynamics, crime victim representation and high profile cases. As an advocate and attorney, they take a unique approach to working with victims by blending an expertise in psychology, advocacy and the law to support and meet individual victims’ needs.

www.victimjustice.com
Office: (303) 413-8300

Attorney General’s Office–The Appellate Unit

If a person convicted of a crime against a victim appeals the conviction or sentence, the victim service coordinator of the Attorney General’s Office provides the victim with notifications, updates and referrals during the appeal process.

http://www.ago.state.co.us/
Office: (303) 866-5788

Medical

Denver Health Medical Center

Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality health care system that meets the special health needs of the entire population with services such as trauma care and the Rocky Mountain Poison Center. Denver Health also attends to the needs of special populations such as the poor, chronically mentally ill, pregnant teens, people addicted to alcohol and other substances, victims of violence, the homeless, and people with AIDS. Denver Health sees about 300-350 child and adult sexual assault victims per year through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, which is responsible for collecting forensic evidence in sexual assault cases.

www.denverhealth.org
Main: (303) 436-6000
SANE Program: (303) 436-8055

St. Anthony Hospitals

St. Anthony Hospitals has an over 100-year heritage in the Denver metro area. Along with playing a vital role in Colorado’s health for more than a century, today they serve residents and guests throughout the metropolitan Denver area with award-winning, compassionate, high tech care. The St. Anthony Hospitals Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program responds to both St. Anthony North and St. Anthony Central Emergency Room Departments, to provide forensic examination and evidence collection in sexual assault cases.

St. Anthony’s Central: (303) 629-3511
St. Anthony’s North: (303) 426-2151

The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza

The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical is dedicated to providing “Groundbreaking Healthcare” on many levels. In addition to other medical needs, the main service lines include: Cardiovascular Care, Neurosciences, Surgical Services, Women’s Services and Oncology. The Medical Center of Aurora also houses a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. These specifically trained RN’s provide compassionate and comprehensive care for teen and adult victims of sexual assault.

http://www.auroramed.com
Main Hospital: (303) 695-2600
SANE Program: (303) 671-4945

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has been committed to providing affordable, high quality reproductive health care and teaching comprehensive, medically accurate and age-appropriate sex education. The mission of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is to improve the quality of life by enabling all people to exercise individual choice in their own reproductive health. More than 127,000 women, men and young adults annually visit our 29 health centers throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada and Wyoming. Victims of sexual assault can come to any of our health centers for Emergency Contraception, STD testing, referrals, as well as many other services. For a complete list of Health Center locations and services offered and more information about Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, please contact them at the information below.

www.pprm.org

1.800.230.PLAN

 

Military

Buckley Air Force Base–Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)

The SARC Office, a branch of the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, promotes awareness and education as well as direct services to victims at Buckley Air Force Base. Victim services include but are not limited to: medical treatment, advocacy, counseling and assistance with Military Protection Orders. Please note that services through the SARC office are only available to active duty service members.

Office: (720) 847-9414
Hotline: (720) 847-SARC (7272)

Colorado National Guard–Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)

The SARC Office, a branch of the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program, promotes awareness and education as well as direct services to victims of both the Colorado Army National Guard and Air National Guard throughout the state. Victim services include but are not limited to: medical treatment, advocacy, counseling, resources and assistance with Military Protection Orders. The SARC Office provides services to all members of the Colorado National Guard as well as providing resources to family members.

Office: (720) 250-1082

24/7 Helpline: (720) 847-SARC (7272)

Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS)

The Denver VAMC provides comprehensive Primary Care to Women Veterans as a service within the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Eastern Colorado Health Care System.  Woman’s care is provided in collaboration with Primary Care Providers,  Mental Health, specialty services, and the Emergency Department to provide health care management, preventative screenings [ie; Pap smears, mammography], and as indicated- sexual assault awareness/education and general victim assistance. SANE care is mandated for victims of acute sexual assault through contract services.  Treatment for history of Military Sexual Trauma [MST] and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are provided through the VA Mental Health Clinics and all VA Facilities have a MST Coordinator.  Please note that Health Care services provided by the Denver VAMC are only available for veterans and active duty service members.

Office: (303) 399-8020