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The Broomfield Police Department is a community oriented police department that supports the Victim Services Unit and offers a wide range of services to help prevent crime and resolve problems. The Victim Services Unit was established as part of the Broomfield Police Department in 1987. Its purpose is to assist victims, witnesses, and their families who are in crisis after a crime or a traumatic event. As part of the Victim Services Unit, Victim advocates can assist crime victims and witnesses by providing support as they transition through their criminal justice process as well as helping them understand their rights as crime victims, and suggest the appropriate community referrals and resources.
After a crime, victims and witnesses often feel alone, isolated, helpless, and unable to reach out for assistance. A victim advocate can help victims and witnesses by providing:
Crisis Intervention & Follow-Up
Advocates can assist in sorting through the confusing feelings victims may experience immediately following a crime or traumatic event, as well as later on. Advocates can help a victim manage one part of the problem at a time and regain control.
Resources and Referrals
Advocates use community resources, as well as the victim's own resources, to help build a network of support. Many resources are available in the community, including, but not limited to: financial assistance, victim compensation funds; counseling; legal resources; medical resources; transportation; household assistance; child care; assistance in dealing with creditors, employers, and landlords; services for victims with special needs; and translation services.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime and need assistance, please call the Victim Services Unit.
ICE Victim Notification Program
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HSI administers the Victim Notification Program, which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. Victims and witnesses are required to register with HSI in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release. Please visit
for more information.
During the Holiday Season
The holidays are a time of joy for many people but for those individuals experiencing victimization, a traumatic event, or the sudden death of a loved one; the holiday season can be stressful or sad. Individuals can experience depression, anxiety, self blame, sleep disturbances, irritability, and loss of enjoyment for the upcoming events around the holiday season.
Realize that due to the unexpected changes in your life that were out of your control, you may need to reconsider your expectations for the holidays. Give yourself permission to appreciate the upcoming holiday season and recognize that it may not as joyful as you have experienced in previous years. Participate in something you still enjoy doing such as reading, exercising, talking walks, watching a funny or inspiring movie, journaling, or engaging in your favorite hobby even if it is only for a short period of time.
Be with loved ones and friends.
Spend time with those who comfort you. Create a plan for what you wish to accomplish during the holidays. This can include whether or not to decorate your home, whether to buy gifts for friends and loved ones, or even whether to attend holiday events and parties. You make not want to participate in activities you have found enjoyable in the past, and that is okay. Don't be afraid to say no to invitations that may be emotionally draining or create a feeling of obligation to buy presents for everyone.
Keep it simple.
If the thought of choosing and wrapping gifts seems too overwhelming, forego gifts altogether or consider gift cards for those on your shopping list. You may also want to consider enlisting a friend to shop for you or help you shop. A gift can be a donation to a worthy charity in the name of a loved one. Even a simple gift of a note penned to friends and loved ones expressing how important they are in your life is a very powerful gift.
Create New Traditions.
Remind yourself that you may want to create traditions that are different than those you have practiced in the past. Take each minute, hour, and day as a milestone that you have accomplished. Time is part of the healing process. There is no timetable on grief or healing from victimization. It is an ongoing process.
Remember to eat.
Nourishment is important in your healing process, but many individuals experience nausea and loss of appetite. Choose drinks or foods that you can tolerate to keep up your calorie intake. Water is important for hydration and drink flavored drink add-ins may make it more palatable to keep you from getting dehydrated. Consider smoothies, shakes, or any other foods that are calorie and vitamin rich, even in small quantities. Keep alcohol to a minimum. It can exacerbate your feelings of grief and loss and rarely numbs the pain for any length of time. Unless prescribed to you by a physician, decline the offer of sleeping pills, anxiety medication, or any other medication offered by well meaning friends and family to help you cope.
Friends and family want to help but often ask you to tell them what you need. Here is a list of tasks they can help you with during the holidays and after the holidays are over:
• Ask them to cook a meal or several; freeze one for a future meal
• Help with home repairs or chores such as house cleaning or laundry
• Baby-sit for you if you have children
• Do some yard work, take out the trash, or shovel snow for you.
• Do some shopping for you
• Help with phone calls that need to be made or e-mails that need to be returned
• Do some driving errands for you or accompany you on errands as a source of support
If you are feeling sad, overwhelmed, or depressed, talk to someone. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a family member friend, or your clergy, or if you are alone, you may wish to seek grief counselors, support groups, or therapists specific to your grief and loss or victimization. The Broomfield Police Department Victim Services website has a list of resources available in the Broomfield area. You may also call the Broomfield Police Department Victim Services Unit at 303.438.6429 or 303.438.6471 for additional referrals.
Did You Know...
that two new laws on Revenge Porn went into effect on July 1, 2014?
What is Revenge Porn?
It is the criminalization of the posting or sharing of (sexually explicit) private images or video publically shared over the Internet of an individual over the age of 18 without their consent. This includes posting or distributing the images on any media site or any other web site with the intent to harass, humiliate, cause serious emotional distress, or intimidate the person depicted in the picture or video. This can also include any picture or video in which the victim was unaware they were being photographed or filmed. Revenge Porn is defined by the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) as these two crimes:
Posting a Private Image for Harassment. C.R.S. 18-7-107. A person commits a crime when he or she posts or publishes a private image for harassment if he or she posts or distributes through the use of social media or any web site any photograph, video, or other image displaying the private intimate parts of an identified or identifiable person 18 years of age or older: with the intent to harass the depicted person and inflict serious emotional distress upon the depicted person; without the depicted person's consent; or when the actor knew or should have known that the depicted person had a reasonable expectation that the image would remain private; and the conduct results in serious emotional distress of the depicted.
Posting a Private Image for Pecuniary (monetary) Gain. (C.R.S.) 18-7-108. A person who is 18 years of age or older commits the offense of posting a private image for pecuniary (monetary) gain if he or she posts or distributes through social media or any web site any photograph, video, or other image displaying the private intimate parts of an identified or identifiable person eighteen years of age or older: with the intent to obtain a pecuniary benefit from any person as a result of the posting, viewing, or removal of the private image; and when the actor has not obtained the depicted person's consent; or when the actor knew or should have known that the depicted person had a reasonable expectation that the image would remain private.
These crimes are defined as Class 1 Misdemeanors and the court shall fine the defendant up to $10,000. Along with any other sentence the court may impose; upon conviction, the court must order the defendant or the entity where the photos are posted or published to remove the photographs from the Internet.
Victims of the crime of Posting a Private Image for Pecuniary (monetary) Gain may seek civil remedies that include actual damages as a result of the posting of their private image and reasonable attorney's fees and costs.
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