Police and Public Safety

Victim Assistance Unit

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The Colorado Victim Rights Amendment became effective in 1993. The purpose of this amendment is to guarantee victims of violent crime a voice in the criminal justice system.

Victims of crime may experience physical injury, emotional harm or financial loss.  Once the crime is reported, victims may feel powerless within the criminal justice system.  Colorado law enforcement and all components of the criminal justice system are working to empower every victim of a violent crime.

The Mission of the Victim Assistance Unit is to Ensure Compassionate Caring Services to Victims of Violent Crime.

The Victim Assistance Unit (VAU) of the Cañon City Police Department is dedicated to positively impacting the quality of life for the citizens of Cañon City by assisting victims, survivors, families, neighbors and businesses experiencing crime or trauma. Through personal contact, telephone calls, and written correspondence our Victim Advocates ensure that crime victims understand their rights and have their needs met throughout the criminal justice process.

The Victim Assistance Unit currently is staffed with one full-time Victim Assistance Coordinator and eleven Victim Advocate Volunteers that provide 24 hours/7days per week, 365 days a year Crisis Response.  Our Volunteers represent a vast range of life experience and most maintain full-time employment and families in addition to providing on-call hours for Crime Victims in Cañon City.

The VAU has a bilingual Victim Advocate Volunteer who can provide services to Spanish speaking victims.

On the following sites you will find information that is intended to give you a basic understanding of victim rights.  Please contact the Cañon City Police Department at 719-276-5617 if you have questions concerning this material or email us at swwarnock@canoncity.org.

Links to Other Sites
Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance
The National Center for Victims of Crime
Office for Victims of Crime
National Victims’ Rights Constitutional Amendment