Being victimized in a criminal act can be a very traumatic experience. The Colorado Springs Police Department Victim Advocacy Unit (VAU) is available to provide services and support to those who have been victimized by crimes that are covered by Colorado's Victim Rights Act (VRA). The unit is staffed by full-time advocates and highly trained volunteer advocates.
Victim Advocates provide:
- Immediate crisis intervention and safety planning (24-hours a day, 7-days a week on-call victim assistance)
- Information on the Colorado's Victim Rights Act (VRA)
- Assistance in completing applications for the Crime Victim Compensation Fund
- Referrals to community agencies and resources
- Support during the investigative process and education on the criminal justice system
- Arrangement of interpretation services for victims with limited English proficiency
- Information and assistance on obtaining protection orders
We can be contacted at 719-444-7777 or by email at Victim.AdvocacyUnit@coloradosprings.gov
If you would like to give feedback on the services that you received by the Colorado Springs Police Department and/or the Victim Advocacy Unit, please take this online survey.
- What crimes are covered by Colorado's Victim Rights Act (VRA)?
- What are my rights as a victim of a VRA crime?
- What is the Crime Victim Compensation Program?
- How will I be notified of an offender's release from jail?
U Visa Certification Information
Through the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA) of 2000, Congress created the U Visa (U non-immigrant classification) to provide legal status to victims of specified crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal act. The U Visa provides eligible crime victims with nonimmigrant status the ability to temporarily remain in the United States while assisting law enforcement.
Who is eligible for a U Visa?
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may find an applicant eligible for a U Visa if the applicant:
- Is the direct or indirect victim of qualifying criminal activity;
- Has suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of having been a victim of criminal activity;
- Has been helpful, is helpful, or is likely to be helpful to a Federal, State, or local prosecutor, to a Federal or State judge, to USCIS, or to other Federal, State, or local authorities investigating or prosecuting criminal activity; and
- The criminal activity violated the laws of the United States or occurred in the U.S. or the territories and possessions of the United States.
The Colorado Springs Police Department recognizes the importance of U Visas to crime victims and is committed to reviewing and responding to certification requests in a timely manner. If you are an individual with nonimmigrant status and a victim of a qualifying criminal activity that is investigated by the Colorado Springs Police Department, you or your representative can email the I-918 Supplement B form to CSPD-U-Visa.firstname.lastname@example.org or mail the form to the CSPD Victim Advocacy Unit, 705 S. Nevada Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
- Helping Hands El Paso County Community Resources
- El Paso County Department of Human Services
- 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office
- Colorado VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) - register for notifications of an offender’s custody changes
- TESSA - confidential services to victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
- Colorado Crisis Services - confidential and crisis support by trained counselors
- Kidpower - personal safety and violence prevention education to children ages 3-18 and families
- The Place - services and support to youth ages 15-20 experiencing homelessness
- Silver Key Senior Services for adults age 60 and over
- Servicios de la Raza - education, support, and services to the Latino communities in Colorado
- DOVE - Deaf Overcoming Violence Through Empowerment
- Asian Pacific Development Center - education and advocacy services to Asian American, Pacific Islander, immigrant, and refugee communities in Colorado
- Colorado Legal Services - legal services for low-income individuals and members of vulnerable populations in Colorado
- Information on Protection Orders
Victim Advocacy Unit Volunteer Program
If you are interested in applying to become a volunteer victim advocate with the CSPD Victim Advocacy Unit, please contact the CSPD Victim Advocacy Unit Volunteer Specialist at 719-444-7527 for more information on the program or visit springscaps.org.