Who we are
Our Original Vision (dated 1987)
- To provide culturally and linguistically responsive services to crime victims who have been ignored or underserved because of their income, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, ability or sexual orientation.
- To operate a 24-hour clearinghouse to refer people to existing services and to work cooperatively on behalf of victims and their needs.
- To fill the gap in services and create services where the need exists.
- To support, without duplication, private sector and other nonprofit organizations in offering services, including mental health, legal, medical, therapy, etc.
- To provide culturally and linguistically responsive services to residents of and victims of crime committed in Denver, Colorado.
- To provide confidential services unless danger to a child, self or others is disclosed.
In March 1983, the Denver Medical Society and the Denver District Attorney’s Crime Advisory Commission elected to act as a forum for the development of a coordinated resource network in Denver to respond to the needs of victims of violence. A task force on victims of crime was formed. After lengthy research and thoughtful discussion, the task force concluded that a victims’ resource center was the most likely way to reach the maximum number of victims, provide the most reliable medical and mental health referral services, function best in offering crisis intervention, and most effectively develop awareness of victims concerns.
The result was the creation of Denver Victims Service Center. In 2003, the agency changed its name to The Denver Center for Crime Victims. The Center’s purpose is to provide culturally and linguistically responsive 24-hour crisis intervention and to develop and provide services not currently being offered, such as trauma recovery counseling, crisis intervention, case management, support groups, emergency financial assistance, advocacy and information and referral. The Denver Center for Crime Victims was incorporated January 15, 1987, with a strong funding commitment from the Denver Victim Assistance Law Enforcement Board. DCCV has been providing services since October 6, 1987, serving over 165,000 victims of crime to date.
DCCV was created as a national model of victims’ assistance. All DCCV services are offered at no cost and in the native language of the client. DCCV provides culturally and linguistically responsive services to meet the diverse needs of our clients and our community.