Frequently Asked Questions
What Types of Crime Victims Do You Assist?
DCCV provides services to all victims of crime, including, but not limited to, arson, assault, burglary, caregiver abuse, child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse, fraud, gang-related crimes, harassment, hate crimes, homicide, kidnapping, questionable death, robbery, sexual assault/incest (including sexual assault on children and retrospective sexual assault), stalking, suicide/attempted suicide, and vandalism.
Do I Have To Live In Denver?
DCCV’s services are provided to crime victims who live in or have been victimized in Denver, Colorado. DCCV can provide referrals for services outside the Denver area for victims who do not live in the city or were not victimized in the city.
Is There An Age Limit?
What If Someone I Know Has Been A Victim?
DCCV’s services are available not only to the primary victim, but to family members and friends who may also have been affected by the crime.
Do I Have To Report To The Police To Receive Services?
A police report is not required to receive services from our agency.
What Is The Time limit To Receive Your Services?
There is no time limit to receiving services. Whether you were a victim of a crime today or many years ago, DCCV is here to help you.
Is There A Fee For Your Services?
All DCCV services are provided at no cost.
How Do I Access Your Services?
DCCV’s services for victims of crime are accessed through our 24-hour hotlines, available in English, Spanish and 711 for the hearing/speech impaired.
What Type of Counseling Do You Provide?
- DCCV counselors provide short-term counseling (up to six sessions) for crime victims of any age. Counseling sessions are conducted at our office or can be provided in your home or at the hospital upon request.
- If you are in need of longer-term counseling, DCCV has an extensive referral list of therapists in the Denver area.
- Six- to eight-week support groups are available for individuals affected by similar crimes.
- Community debriefings are provided in response to victimizations that affect larger groups of people. Debriefings are an opportunity to discuss the victimization and its impact on your office/school/church, etc.
What Services Are Available in Spanish or Other Languages?
All DCCV services are available to Spanish-speaking victims of crime. In addition, we may contract with our in-house Translation & Interpreting Center to provide interpreters and/or translators for individuals who speak other languages.
Do I Have To Be A U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident to Receive Services?
All services are available regardless of citizenship status.
Are Your Services Confidential?
All DCCV services are confidential. Information about you, your victimization, or the services you are receiving from our agency are never shared with another agency or individual, unless specifically requested by you.
Is Your Building Accessible?
DCCV’s offices are wheelchair accessible and our hotline has 24-hour service for the hearing/speech impaired through 711/Relay Colorado. Home-visit counseling sessions are available for individuals with mobility concerns. In addition, all support groups, workshops and fundraisers held outside of DCCV’s offices are always held in a wheelchair-accessible facility, and interpreters are available upon request.
How Much Financial Assistance Is Available?
DCCV has a small emergency fund that provides limited financial assistance only for emergency needs related to the victimization.
Are You A Part Of The Denver Police Department or District Attorney’s Office?
DCCV is a private, nonprofit agency, and is not affiliated with the Denver Police Department or Denver District Attorney’s Office.
Where Do Your Funds Come From?
DCCV receives funding from the Denver Victim Assistance Law Enforcement Board, the Victims of Crime Act, the U.S. Department of Justice, and numerous foundations, businesses and private donors.
Where Are You Located?
DCCV’s office address is confidential. Our physical address is given out only to clients who have contacted our hotline and have scheduled an appointment for services. All correspondence can be directed to The Denver Center for Crime Victims, P.O. Box 18975, Denver, CO, 80218.
How Can I Help?
DCCV is always looking for volunteers and interns to staff our hotline. For more information, please click here.
You can also support us through a tax-deductible financial gift. Donations may be designated for a specific program of your choice, or for general operating support. Contributions may be made online or mailed to:
The Denver Center for Crime Victims
P.O. Box 18975
Denver, CO 80218