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Posted on: December 12, 2019

In times of trouble, our victim advocates are here for you.

Victim Advocate Program

Whether you’re a victim of a violent crime, involved in serious car accident or have experienced a traumatic event, victim advocates from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office will offer you support and resources through your darkest hour.

Advocates are dedicated to helping residents who are crime victims or otherwise traumatized. They provide crisis response 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The volunteer advocates are trained to provide crisis intervention and short-term support. Advocates are also a valuable resource to deputies and first responders who say it frees them up to do the work they need to do.

Victim advocates have two goals. First, to help you and your family during the chaos that follows a traumatic event. Secondly, to help you with your emotional needs so that deputies, investigators and emergency personnel can perform their duties. Advocates serve as a liaison between the victim and the people who investigate the scene.

The Arapahoe County Victim Assistance Program consists of one coordinator, two staff advocates and 25 community volunteers. At any given moment, you might find one of our volunteers at a residence providing crisis intervention to the parents of a runaway teen, in a high school classroom talking about dating violence or accompanied by a uniformed deputy making a death notification.

All volunteers attend the Victim Assistance Training Academy and are required to have a background check, which includes a polygraph.

If you would like to speak to a victim advocate, call the Victim Assistance Program at 720-874-4038 or email them at sheriffvictimassistance@arapahoegov.com. If you need to reach them in an emergency, please dial 911.

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