Victim Services

Victim Services

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Gunnison County Victim Services

Gunnison County Victim Services provides crisis intervention services, support, information, and advocacy to victims, witnesses, and family members in the event of criminal victimization or in certain instances of non-criminal events.  Victim Services staff is available to respond 24/7/365, assisting crime victims working with Gunnison Police Department, Gunnison County Sheriff's Office, Crested Butte Marshal's Office, and Mt. Crested Butte Police Department.

Victim Services staff provides a proactive and victim-centered approach to meet victim's needs through on-scene crisis intervention, identifying resources/services,  and connecting those affected by crime to community and system-based agencies for further support. Victims will be provided with appropriate referrals on the criminal justice system, Victim's Rights, Crime Victim Compensation, protection orders, counseling, safety, procedural and factual information concerning the crime and act as a liaison with law enforcement and other community agencies.

Contact information:
910 W. Bidwell Avenue
P.O. Box 239
Gunnison, CO 81230
Dispatch: (970) 641-8200
Office:  (970) 641-8299

In an emergency call 911 IMMEDIATELY.
If you would like to speak with an on-duty Officer call Dispatch at (970)641-8200

The Rights of Victim's of Crime go to: 
VRA QR Code English

Los derechos de las víctimas de delitos van a:
VRA QR code Spanish

April 20, 2021 Proclamation Declaring Victims' Rights Week
Espanol
Video of Proclamation Reading

RESOURCES

CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION
Crime Victim Compensation Fund

If you have been a victim of a reported crime, you may be eligible for compensation.  An arrest does not have to be made in order to be eligible for funding; however, a compensable crime must have been reported to law enforcement.

  • Crime Victim Compensation Reference Guide 
  • Crime Victim Compensation Application for the 7th Judicial District
  • Colorado Crime Victim Compensation Statutes

Click HERE for the Colorado 7th Judicial District's website

Click HERE for the Colorado 7th Judicial District's website - Español
VICTIM RESOURCES
RESOURCES

This list is for informational purposes and not an endorsement of any particular person, agency, institution or service by Gunnison County Victim Services.

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking Advocacy & Support Centers

Project Hope of the Gunnison Valley
A confidential agency serving those affected by relationship violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking.  If you are a victim of these crimes, whether it is reported or not, you will be eligible to receive the services they provide without cost.
Gunnison, CO 81230
Office: (970) 641-2712
Crisis Line: (970) 275-1193
Or go to the website by clicking HERE

National Domestic Violence Hotline
24/7Hotline: (800) 799-7233
Connecting victims to help anywhere in the United States
Click HERE to visit The Hotline

Violence Free Colorado 
To find domestic violence centers ANYWHERE in Colorado
Click HERE to visit VFC

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline
24/7 Hotline: (800) 656-4673
Click HERE to visit RAINN

Human Trafficking Hotline
Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking
REPORT TIPS.  SEEK RESOURCES.
Call 911 or Colorado's 24/7 Hotline: (866) 455-5075
Click HERE to visit CoNEHT

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
24/7 Hotline: (800) 843-5678
Click HERE to visit the website

CRIME REPORTING, PREVENTION and PROTECTION

Gunnison Valley Crime Stoppers
All callers will remain anonymous.  Professional detectives investigate and solve a variety of complex crimes reported in Gunnison County each year.
Gunnison County: (970) 641-8280

SAFE 2 TELL Colorado
Provides students, parents & community members a safe, anonymous way to report information about any issue
that concerns their safety or the safety of others.
24/7 Hotline: (877) 542-7233

FRAUD, CYBER CRIME & INTERNET SAFETY RESOURCES

CBI: Identity Theft, Fraud & Cyber Crime
CBI 24/7 Hotline: (855) 443-3489
CBI Victim Assistance: (303) 239-4242
Click HERE for CBI Victim Support

Cyber Civil Rights Initiative - Online Removal Guide
Information, support, referrals & non-legal services
Hotline: (844) 878-8874
Click HERE to visit CCRI

Fraud Support for Children/Teens/Adults
Recovery resources and support for specific incidents affecting children, teens, and young adults. 
Click HERE to go to Fight Cyber Crime 

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
You may file a complaint with IC3 if you believe you have been a victim of an internet crime or if you want to file on behalf of another person who is a victim. 
Click HERE to visit IC3

National Elder Fraud
Free resource for people to report fraud against individuals 60+
Hotline: (833) 372-8311
Click HERE to visit the website

Stop FRAUD Colorado
Office of the Attorney General – Consumer Protection Section
Colorado Department of Law
Hotline: (800) 222-4444
Click HERE to visit Stop Fraud Colorado

CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION (CVC) MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS

You may be eligible to receive services under the Colorado Victim Rights Act Crime Victim Compensation Program (CVC).  Contact Victim Services at (970) 641-8299 on how to apply for costs for mental health treatments from one of these CVC approved counselors.

The Center for Mental Health
All ages, men, women and many disciplines
710 Taylor Street
Gunnison, CO 81230
Office: (970) 641-0229
24/7 Crisis Line: (970) 252-6220

The Center for Mental Health
Western Colorado University on-campus mental health for Students & Faculty
Crystal Hall #104 / Escalante Complex
600 N. Adams Street
Gunnison, CO  81230
Office: (970) 642-4615
24/7 Crisis Line: (970) 252-6220

Jean Bell-Dumas, MS, LPC
Crested Butte Counseling Service, LLC
All ages, men, women, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), and trauma focused counseling
Crested Butte, CO  81224
Office: (970) 349-5344

Debra Dykes, MA, LPC, LAC
Creekside Counseling
Gunnison, CO  81230
Office: (970) 641-1286

Garland Middleton, MSW
Garland Middleton Counseling Services
Youth, adolescents & group work, adult counseling 
Crested Butte, CO  81224
Office: (845) 417-6517

Erin Ryan, MA, LPC
Wellbeing Connection
Family, children & adolescents
Gunnison, CO  81230
Office: (970) 209-7707

Marcie Tealander, MA, REAT, CGP, DAPA
East River Counseling
Body centered and trauma focused counseling
Office: (970) 349-6509

CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION PROGRAM - 7th Judicial District

Crime Victim Compensation Fund
CVC Administrator
1140 North Grand, #200
Montrose, CO  81401
Office: (970) 252-4266
Fax: (970) 252-4270
Email: eleasha.cervantes@co7da.org
Click HERE

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES

Provides culturally-competent advocacy, prevention, protection and support services to families of
Gunnison and Hinsdale counties.

Physical Address:
220 N. Spruce Street
Gunnison, CO  81230
Office: (970) 641-3244
Click HERE

Housing Authority
202 E. Georgia Avenue
Gunnison, CO  81230
Office: (970) 641-7900

Public Health / Family Planning / Health Clinic
All appointments are strictly confidential and the cost of services is based on a sliding fee scale for services such as birth control options, Emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and treatment, Hepatitis C testing, and women's annual exams.
By appointment ONLY
Office: (970) 641-0209
Click HERE

DISTRICT ATTORNEY, 7TH JUDICIAL

Click HERE to visit the Colorado 7th Judicial District

Gunnison District Attorney
Legal and Victim Services
200 E. Virginia Avenue
Gunnison, CO  81230
Office: (970) 641-5138

Montrose District Attorney
Legal and Victim Services
1200 N. Grand Avenue
Montrose, CO  81402
Office: (970) 252-4260

FOOD ASSISTANCE

Gunnison Country Food Pantry
Serving those-in-need by providing food assistance in a kind, confidential & supportive environment.
321 N. Main St., Suite C
Gunnison, CO 81230
Office: (970) 641-4156
www.gunnisoncountryfoodpantry.org

GRIEF SUPPORT

Gunnison Valley Health: Hospice & Palliative Care
Grief support groups in Gunnison and Crested Butte focused on healing through the grieving process (no cost).
120 N. Boulevard
Gunnison, CO 81230
Office: (970) 641-4254

INDIVIDUALS with DISABILITIES

The Arc of West Central Colorado
The Arcs advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Office: (970) 901-0707

D.O.V.E.
Colorado non-profit dedicated to serving victims & survivors of domestic violence & sexual assault
in the Deaf community.
Crisis Line: (303) 831-7874

INTERNET SAFETY & CYBER TIP LINE

Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)
The best tool we have to prevent Internet crimes against children is education.  ICAC Task Force Program has videos and resources that offer a variety of tools for learning and teaching how to SAFELY USE THE INTERNET. 
For more information Click HERE

LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Colorado Legal Services
Family Law, Housing, Public Benefits, Health & Elderly, Utilities & Consumer, Migrant Workers
NW Colorado Legal Services Project Office: (800) 521-6968
Migrant Farm Worker Division Office: (800) 864-4330

Legal Information Network of Colorado (L.I.N.C.)
Provides crime victims in the Denver metro area confidential no-cost, comprehensive legal information through its web site, Help line & specially trained navigators.
Help line: (720) 583-2929
www.coloradoLINC.org
Helpline@coloradoLINC.org

Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center
A Colorado non-profit organization providing free legal assistance to victims of violent crime.
www.rmvictimlaw.org
Office: (303) 295-2001

SUICIDE PREVENTION & PEER SUPPORT RESOURCES

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Survivor Outreach Program
Email:  survivingsuicideloss@afsp.org
Click HERE to visit AFSP Survivor Outreach Program

Suicide Crisis Line
24/7 Crisis Line: (970) 252-6220
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK
24/7 Crisis Text Line:  741741

Veterans Crisis Line
24/7 Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255 then Press “1”

THRIFT STORE

Six Point Thrift Store
1160 N. Main Street
Gunnison, CO 81230
Office: (970) 641-3081
www.sixpointsgunnison.org
VICTIM INFORMATION & NOTIFICATION EVERYDAY (VINE)
1 (888) 263-8463

VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is a toll-free, anonymous, automated telephone service that provides victims of crime and the public a proactive notification system that sends you an automatic alert anytime an offender's custody status changes.

Colorado VINE information is available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. You will be notified about the release, transfer, escape or death of an offender by phone, email, text and/or TTY. 

Bienvenido a VINELink, el portal de internet de VINE, la mejor red de notificación para las víctimas en los Estados Unidos. VINE ha proporcionado a las víctimas y otras personas interesadas el poder de información por décadas, permitiendo que estos individuos tengan la sensación de seguridad que merecen. Puede obtener acceso a VINELink las 24 horas al día, siete días a la semana, para proporcionar la información más confiable sobre los cambios en el estado de custodia y la información sobre los casos penales.

El servicio VINE proporciona información por teléfono, correo electrónico, TTY, y mensaje de texto donde esté disponible. También puede registrarse a través del número de teléfono gratuito de su estado o condado participante. 

Click HERE to sign up for VINE Notification English & Español

Do not depend solely on the VINE Service for your protection.  If you feel that you may be at risk, take precautions as if the offender has already been released.

Please remember that it is your responsibility to keep the jail and the VINE Service updated with current contact information.
VICTIM RIGHTS ACT
If you are a victim of a crime covered by the Colorado Crime Victim Rights Act, you are entitled to some core rights:

  • To be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity;
  • To be informed of all "critical stages" of the criminal justice process (victims must request notification, in writing, for post-sentencing critical stages); and,
  • To be present and heard at specified critical stages in the criminal justice process.

Click here for a complete listing of your rights (C.R.S. 24-4.1-301 through 24-4.1-304)

7th Judicial District Gunnison County Law Enforcement Victim Services (VRA) Brochure – English (PDF)
7th Judicial District Gunnison County Law Enforcement Victim Services (VRA) Brochure – Español (PDF)

Colorado Division of Criminal Justice website - Victim Rights Act (VRA; multilingual PDFs)

Crimes Covered Under the Victim Rights Act

The Constitution of the State of Colorado and the laws of the state [Section 24-4.1-302(1) C.R.S] guarantee certain rights to victims of the following criminal acts.  If a victim is deceased or incapacitated, these rights may be exercised by the victim’s spouse, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, significant other, or other lawful representative.
Crimes that Fall under the Colorado Victim Rights Act

  • Murder;
  • Manslaughter;
  • Criminally negligent homicide and vehicular homicide;
  • Assault;
  • Menacing;
  • Kidnapping;
  • Sexual assault;
  • Incest and aggravated incest;
  • Child abuse;
  • Sexual exploitation of children;
  • Crimes involving child prostitution;
  • Crimes against at-risk adults and at-risk juveniles;
  • Indecent exposure;
  • Violation of a criminal protection order issued against a person charged with sexual assault;
  • Robbery—aggravated, aggravated of a controlled substance;
  • Crimes for which the underlying foundation has been determined to be domestic violence;
  • Careless driving that results in the death of another person;
  • Failure to stop at the scene of an accident that results in the death of another person;
  • Stalking;
  • Human trafficking;
  • First degree burglary; Second degree burglary (effective 3/2022)
  • Invasion of privacy for sexual gratification;
  • A Bias motivated crime; 
  • Harassment bias motivated;
  • Retaliation against a victim or witness;
  • Tampering with a victim or witness;
  • Intimidation and aggravated intimidation of a victim or witness;
  • Retaliation against a judge, prosecutor, juror or public official;
  • Any criminal attempt, conspiracy, criminal solicitation, or accessory involving any of the crimes specified above.
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Gunnison is a small mountain community on the western slope of Colorado with a population of approximately 6,560 full time residents. The population increases annually with the influx of tourism and Western Colorado University students numbering an additional 2,500. The City of Gunnison is the county seat for Gunnison County. Gunnison has a rich history of ranching, agriculture, mining, tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities that bring many more people through the community.
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