Crime Victim Rights Act (VRA)

What is the Victim Rights Act (VRA)?

The Victim Rights Act (VRA) in Colorado ensures that crime victims are treated with fairness, respect, dignity and that they are free from intimidation, harassment, and abuse. The VRA also helps to ensure that victims are informed of critical stages of the criminal justice process and that they may be present for, and heard, at certain stages as well.

What are my rights as a crime victim?

Post-Sentencing Notification

Following the sentencing of an offender, the offender will be supervised by a post-sentencing agency. After sentencing, you will be automatically enrolled for notification except when the offender is sentenced to probation.

If the offender was sentenced to probation and you wish to be notified, please fill out the appropriate form and return it to the probation department that is supervising the defendant:

Learn more about The Role and Responsibilities of the Probation Department.

Use the map to find the Victim Witness Specialist in your area

Being a victim of a crime and experiencing the court system can be difficult and confusing.  Contact the District Attorney’s Office in the judicial district where the crime occurred and ask for a Victim Witness Specialist.  A Victim Witness Specialist can provide support, information, and referrals. 

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Learn More About The Victim Rights Act (Recorded Webinars)

The Basics

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Colorado Victim Rights Act YouTube Video

Learn more about Colorado's Victim Rights Act and how victims are provided rights throughout the criminal justice system.   

For District Attorneys

Welcome to Victim Rights Act, Everything a Deputy District Attorney should know about the Victim Rights Act.  In this recorded webinar, you will learn the national background of the act, the core victim rights, crimes covered by the Victim Rights Act, what to do when a victim chooses to opt out of Victim Rights Act services, and the critical stages that require victim notification.

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For Law Enforcement

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Learn more about Colorado's Victim Rights Act specific to the role of law enforcement in providing victims with rights throughout the criminal justice system.