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State Overview

Domestic Violence Legislation:Yes (18-6-800.3)
NIBRS Status:Certified
Additional Data ElementsYes
Law Enforcement DV System:Incident-based
Service Provider DV System:Summary
Service Provider SA System:Summary


State Summary

The state's domestic violence legislation does include same-sex relationships. The state is certified by the FBI to submit NIBRS data and additional data elements are collected. Law enforcement agencies submit data to the Colorado Department of Public Safety Bureau of Investigation; these data are then used in the annual state crime report. Approximately 70% of the state's local law enforcement agencies report incident-based data to the state; the other agencies do not report any additional domestic or sexual violence information. The Bureau also maintains the state database of protection orders. Stalking data are not collected but are instead combined with intimidation incidents.

The Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault does not provide services nor does it collect any information; rather, the Coalition provides training and services to its member organizations. Like most states, service providers submit data to the agencies that provide funds as part of their grant requirements. In Colorado, the Department of Public Safety, Department of Human Services Domestic Violence Program, and Department of Public Health and Environment's Sexual Assault Prevention Program collect data. The Department of Human Services collects aggregate data from the 45 service providers it funds, covering roughly 70% of the local agencies providing domestic violence services. These data are published in an annual report and shared with the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the public upon request.


State Projects

  • Colorado's Sexual Assault Response Project
    The Colorado's Sexual Assault Response Project will close gaps in services to sexual assault victims, primarily in rural Colorado, through the creation of Forensic Exam Best Practice (FEBP) and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) programs.
    • Forensic Exam Best Practice Program
      The FEBP Program will focus on conducting victim-centered training for local medical professionals on the provision of forensic exams, courtroom testimony, and forensic kit design and processing. All training for this program will be conducted by experts from the respective disciplines.
    • Sexual Assault Response Team Program
      The SART development program will provide resources for local personnel to coordinate SART efforts, as well as working with local communities to provide relevant education and policies regarding SART practices. Additionally, the project will collect data to conduct an evaluation of the FEBP and SART programs to assess their impact on sexual assault victims and the criminal justice system.

  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program
    A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a professional registered nurse who has received specialized forensic education in order to provide comprehensive care to adult, adolescent and child victims of sexual assault. A SANE demonstrates clinical competence in the collection of forensic evidence from both victims of violence as well as perpetrators and has the ability to provide expert testimony in a court of law. SANEs work collaboratively with law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates and community agencies.

    Colorado Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Education includes 64 hours of classroom and didactic education followed by completion of 90 hours of clinical experience. The clinical experience is structured in adult and pediatric acute and non-acute settings, as well as a judicial component that includes observation of criminal trial proceedings and expert testimony. The education is provided over 6 days (64 classroom hours) and addresses holistic care and appropriate forensic evidence collection from adult, adolescent and child survivors of sexual assault, as well as perpetrators of interpersonal violence. The classroom component is followed by 90 hours of mentored, clinical experience, with a practicing SANE, Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or physician.


  • Available Reports

    General Crime

    Domestic Violence

    Sexual Assault

    Stalking


    Sample Data Collection Forms

    The Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board collects domestic violent offender information using this form:

    The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice collects summary information on the number of victims of specific offenses that are served by agencies receiving VOCA funds using this form:

    The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice also collects summary information on the number and demographics of victims served by agencies receiving VAWA funds using the National program form:

    The Domestic Abuse Assistance Program collects summary information from service providers using this form:

    The Colorado Department of Public Safety's Office for Victims Programs collects information from victims applying for compensation using this form:


    Available Data

    General Crime

    Domestic Violence

    Sexual Assault

    Stalking


    Links to State Agencies and Resources