Victim Assistance and Resources
The District Attorney’s Office has two departments that are dedicated to providing quality assistance and resources for crime victims in our community. Our Victim Advocacy department can provide information on the criminal justice system, court case updates, referrals to community support organizations, and may accompany victims to court to provide emotional support. Meanwhile, our Victim Compensation department can assist with any victim compensation questions or concerns.
If you are a victim in criminal case and have any questions regarding your case please call our office at 719.520.6000. If possible, please be prepared to provide the defendant’s name, court case number and division so you can be transferred to the correct person.
For help and information, visit the Colorado Springs Community Crisis Recovery Center site.
Please utilize the Self-help Trauma Website for questions relating to trauma. site.
Victim Compensation Program
If you are the victim of a violent crime, you may be eligible for assistance through the Colorado Crime Victim Compensation Program. The funds for this program are collected from the fines paid by convicted defendants. Awards to victims are made by the Crime Victim Compensation Board, whose three members are local citizens appointed by the District Attorney.
- Must be a victim of a compensable crime, a relative of a victim, or a witness at the scene. A compensable crime means an intentional, knowing, reckless, or criminal negligent act of a person that results in residential property damage, physical injury or psychological injury to another person or results in loss or damage to eyeglasses, dentures or other medically necessary devices and which, if committed by a person of full legal capacity, is punishable as a crime in this state. Expanded to include careless driving resulting in death and hit and run resulting in death.
- The crime must have been committed in El Paso or Teller County.
- The law enforcement authorities must be notified within 72 hours.
- Application must be completed within one year from the date of the crime.
- The victim must cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies and the prosecution team.
- The injury or the death of the victim was not a result of the victim’s wrongful act. The victim must not have provoked the injury.
- If the victim has insurance, those benefits must be utilized before compensation funds can be awarded.
COMPENSABLE LOSSES INCLUDE:
- Reasonable medical and dental expenses
- Mental health counseling and alternatives
- Replacement of prosthetic devices
- Lost wages/ loss of support to dependents
- Burial/funeral expenses
- Outpatient care
- Homemaker services
- Property damage is limited to replacement of exterior doors, locks, or windows on residential property
- Emergency Assistance
NOTE: Compensation does not cover loss of money or personal property, damaged or stolen vehicles or pain and suffering.
How to Apply for Victim Compensation
To obtain an application call 719.520.6238 or go to the District Attorney’s Office at 105 E. Vermijo, Ste. 111, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. You may also download the application or this follow-up survey and print it at home:
Victim Compensation is the payer of last resort, as such, all health insurance coverage, including Medicaid and Medicare, must be utilized prior to the victim compensation program making awards. Only state licensed therapists are eligible for payment.
Note: A treatment plan may be subject to discovery in court proceedings.
All treatment plans, progress reports and extension requests and change of therapist forms MUST be typed. Forms submitted not typed will be returned to the provider.
This plan will provide information upon which the board members will make decisions concerning compensation funds for a victim.
Initial Assessment and Treatment Plan
This form must be submitted to request therapy sessions above the 40 initial sessions.
Progress Report and Extension Request
The victim has requested to change therapists. Please complete this treatment plan for the remaining sessions for which the victim was approved.
Change of Therapist - Treatment Plan