The mission of Victim Outreach Incorporated is to promote the healing of people impacted by crime and trauma. Our hope is that people impacted by crime and trauma lead healthy, productive and inspired lives. Victim Outreach, Inc. (VOI) formed in May of 1986 as a 501(c)3 non-profit agency to assist victims of crime who report to police in small communities in Jefferson County, Colorado.
Crime victims suffer psychological trauma and a myriad of other hardships as a result of criminal behavior. They experience disruption of their lives and often of their livelihood. Many report confusion about the criminal justice system. Left vulnerable and sometimes unable to cope with the subsequent demands of a criminal investigation and the practical problems that unfold, they often require assistance with basic needs such as housing, transportation, or food. VOI Victim Advocates play a vital role in helping victims think through issues and basic next steps, like developing safety plans, and identifying where they might stay or who to call for help.
In addition to the direct services we provide, our interagency work contributes to the development of stronger and more effective policies and protocols for intervention with victims and their families. It also serves to strengthen relationships, thereby creating a community where cooperation is a priority and that is, consequently, more effective at responding to the needs of those who have been harmed. It also creates an environment where agencies can join together to solve problems in new and creative ways.
We are proud of the work we do and constantly strive to learn and grow.
Vista Exline, Executive Director
Our service area includes :
The reported population of Jefferson County for 2013 is 551,798 and was steadily escalating in 2014.
The Colorado School of Mines population of 6,000 remains fairly stable due to entrance requirements.
VOI also assists victims of crimes who are in need of support and resources but have no local advocate (i.e. the crime occurred in another state) .
VOI provides services to citizens who report to police in the cities of Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Edgewater, Lakeside, Mountain View and Morrison, as well as to the Colorado School of Mines. We also provide services to crime victims in Jefferson County who were hurt elsewhere and have no local advocate. In 2015, VOI provided a total of 16,712 units of service to 5561 victims of crime and other traumatic events
*Units of service are things like Crisis Counseling, Criminal Justice Support, Advocacy or responding to the scene of a crime to provide information and referrals. Each unit of service is only counted one time per victim, regardless of the number of times that service is provided.
Revenue by source
|Contribution & Grants||$544,962||$534,795||$495,898||$569,105|
|Fund Raising events, net of expenses||$10,548||$7,080||$20,790||$19,428|
Expense by type
|Programs and Services||$716,277||$662,175||$721,662||$795,600|
|General and Administration||$68,2328||$70,523||$107,835||$118,892|
VOI receives funding from the cities that we contract with to provide victim services and from VOCA, VALE and Stop VAWA. These are local, state or federal dollars generated from fines paid by convicted criminals.
The private sector contributes through our annual fundraiser and through individual gifts. Private business and foundations also support VOI's work. All board members make financial and other contributions to Victim Outreach Incorporated.
In-kind donations totaling $47,120 from volunteers, police and the community significantly subsidized the costs of running this organization in 2014. Office space is donated, we have worksites in each of our police departments and volunteers enable us to provide comprehensive services 24/7.
We greatly appreciate the support we received in 2014. Without it we would be unable to accomplish our Mission to support victims of crime and trauma from the time of crisis and throughout the criminal justice process.
In 2014, VOI provided a total of 22,551 units of service to 4,855 victims of crime and other traumatic events
VOI advocates helped 1,072 adults who were hurt during domestic violence related crimes reported in VOI's service area – 33% of our caseload.
VOI’s board meets monthly to set the agency direction and provide oversight and guidance. Member serve two years as a board officer, and following a review process are able to serve longer. A contract bookkeeper completes all quarterly and year-end financial reports. The Board Treasurer reconciles statements and reports on finances. An audit is conducted annually. 100% of VOI board members contribute financially each year. Board members spearhead fundraising efforts; speak in the community; provide training and expertise to partner agencies; assisting with agency events; and solicit donations. Board members with legal experience review partner contracts.
In the late 1970’s, amid public outrage at the poor treatment of survivors of crime, President Ronald Reagan created a task force to study the plight of victims. In response to the findings and recommendations of the President’s Task Force changes were made in the criminal justice system, including the creation of victim support services in police agencies across the country. In 1986 after an assessment of existing services in Colorado’s First Judicial District Victim Outreach Information,Inc. (VOI) was created, providing much-needed victim support services to Jefferson County's smaller towns lacking resources to develop their own programs. For the past several years our service area included the cities of Wheat Ridge, Golden, Mountain View, Lakeside and Edgewater, Colorado (population 56,086)) and the Colorado School of Mines (population 6,000). Victims with no local advocate are also referred to VOI for services. As of September 1, 2008 we added the city of Arvada (population 106,000). In 2011 VOI's Board of Directors voted to change the name to Victim Outreach Incorporated.
Over the years the agency and its staff have received much recognition for their work.
- In 1994 VOI received a Justice Award from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice.
- VOI received a Special Recognition Award from the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) for their work with the community affected by the Columbine High School shooting.
- After Columbine VOI spearheaded efforts to strengthen interagency communication and response by developing the Jefferson County Community Crisis Response Team (JCCCRT), the first in the state. <
- VOI played a key role in creating interagency emergency response protocols, including Jefferson County’s Domestic Violence Policy, the Child Abuse Investigation Procedure and Policy Manual, the Sexual Assault Investigation Policy and Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County’s Fast Track Programs providing immediate intervention in domestic violence cases.
- In 2002 and 2008 VOI staff members received COVA’s Deanna Grizwald Award for Outstanding Victim Advocate in the Non-Profit Sector. VOI's staff have received commendations from the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, Wheat Ridge Police Department and Edgewater Police Departments.
- In 2011 VOI was presented with the Liberty Bell Award by the First Judicial District Bar Association. This award is given to a non-lawyer who has furthered the interaction of the community and the legal system and provided an uncommon contribution to the system or government as a whole.
The need for victim support services continues to grow. Police agencies have a better understanding of victims’ rights and embrace the valuable assistance provided by victim advocates. VOI helps more victims each year and fills the increasing need for disaster preparedness in response to terrorism, mass violence, fires, tornadoes and other disasters.