Teller County Victim Advocate Program
The Teller County Victim Advocate Program is a volunteer-based service. We provide on scene crisis response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to victims of crime and those affected by tragic events or misfortune. The Victims Assistance program, which is led by Program Coordinator Erika Vida, provides information, follow-up, support and referrals. Also, as a community service, Advocates respond to scenes of unattended deaths, community disasters, and mass tragedy.
The Volunteer Advocates and the Program Coordinator provide on scene crisis response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to victims of crimes covered under the 1992 Colorado Victims Rights Amendment:
- Assault - 1st, 2nd, 3rd degree, vehicular assault
- Careless driving that results in the death of another person
- Child abuse
- Crimes against at-risk adults or at-risk juveniles
- Crimes for which the underlying foundation has been determined to be domestic violence
- Criminally negligent homicide and vehicular homicide
- Ethnic intimidation
- Incest and aggravated incest
- Kidnapping - 1st and 2nd degree
- Murder - 1st and 2nd Degree
- Retaliation against a victim or witness
- Robbery-aggravated, aggravated use of a controlled substance
- Sexual Assault - 1st, 2nd, 3rd degree, unlawful sexual contact, on a child, on a child by one in a position of trust, on a client by a psychotherapist
- Sexual exploitation of children
- Tampering with a victim or witness
- Any criminal attempt, conspiracy, criminal solicitation, or accessory involving any of the aforementioned crimes
- Bank robbery
- Human trafficking
If the victim is deceased or incapacitated, these rights may be exercised by the victim’s spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, significant other, next of kin, or other lawful representative.
Also, as a community service, Advocates respond to scenes of unattended deaths and community disasters and mass tragedy.