About Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to control individuals in an intimate relationship. Violence can include physical, emotional, sexual and/or financial abuse.
An honest answer to the following questions will help to determine if you are at risk:
Does Your Partner -
- Embarrass or make fun of you in front of your friends or family?
- Use drugs or alcohol as an excuse for saying hurtful things or for abusing you?
- Threaten to hurt you, your children, pets, family members, friends or themselves?
- Make you have sex or do things sexually that you don’t want to do?
- Interrogate you intensely about whom you talked to and where you were; keeps all the money; insists you ask permission to go anywhere or do anything?
- Treat you roughly – punch, shove, slap, bite, kick, choke or hit you; destroy personal property or throw things around?
- Blame you for how they feel or act?
Do You -
- Become quiet when your partner is around and feel afraid of making him/her angry?
- Constantly make excuses to other people for your partner’s behavior?
- Believe that you can help your partner change if only you changed something about yourself?
- Feel like no matter what you do, your partner is never happy with you?
- Stay with your partner because you are afraid of what your partner would do if you broke up?
- Stop seeing your friends and family members?
- Feel that you are becoming more and more isolated?
- Find yourself explaining bruises to family or friends?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be in an abusive relationship.
The batterer makes the victim do sexual things against their will or physically attacks the sexual parts of the victim’s body. It can include sexual exploitation, such as forcing someone to look at pornography.
Stalking behavior includes repeated phone calls, following the victim. Stalkers may suddenly show up where the victim is- at home, school or work. They may send the victim emails or unwanted packages, cards, gifts, or letters. A batterer may also contact friends and family to gain more information on the victim. They may threaten to hurt the victim or their pet, family or friends.
Economic Abuse or Financial Abuse
The batterer keeps the victim from getting or keeping a job; makes them ask for money; gives the victim an allowance; or takes their money. They may also withhold physical resources such as food, clothes, necessary medications, or shelter from a partner.
Legal Protection - Court Process
The defendant will be advised of the charges against him/her at the Jefferson County Detention Facility. This hearing is called the Advisement. At this hearing, a Judge will set bond, conditions of the bond and issue a criminal protection order.
You have the right to give input to the Judge as he/she considers bond conditions and the protection order. If you would like to do this contact a VOI Advocate at (303-202-2196) or the DA’s Victim/Witness Unit at (303-271-6550).
Bond Conditions may include No Contact with the victim(s). If No Contact is ordered, it is against the law for the defendant to contact you. If the defendant calls you from jail you may call 303-271-5445 to report the contact and have your number blocked.
If you have questions about the conditions of Bond or wish to be notified of the release of the defendant, call: Jail Inmate Services Unit: 303-271-5445 or Sheriff’s Office Automated Phone System: 303-271-5444 or www.co.jefferson.co.us/wil/ .
Note: Contact information provided to the Jail is discoverable. This means the defendant could have access to that information. If your contact information should be kept confidential, contact a VOI Advocate at 303-202-2196 before calling the jail to discuss an alternate means of contacting you for notification of release.
Criminal Protection Orders
The Criminal Protection Order issued by a judge automatically orders that the defendant:
Shall not harass, molest, intimidate, retaliate against, or tamper with any witness to or victim of the acts they are charged with committing.
It may also order that the defendant:
- Shall vacate the home of the victim, stay away from the home and from any other location the victim is likely to be found.
- Shall refrain from contacting a victim or directly or indirectly communicating with the victim.
- Shall not possess or control a firearm or other weapon.
- Shall not possess or consume alcoholic beverages or controlled substances.
Unless modified by a judge, the Criminal Protection Order remains in place throughout the duration of the case, even if the defendant bonds out of jail.
To get more information about the specific conditions of the Criminal Protection Order you may contact the Jail at 303-271-5445 or the District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Unit at 303-271-6550. If you need help with this, contact VOI at 303-202-2196.
Felony DV Charges
All Felony cases will be filed at the Jefferson County Court. A Victim/Witness Specialist and/or an Investigator from the District Attorney’s Office will be assigned to your case and will contact you soon to set up a time to meet.
Misdemeanor DV Charges
Misdemeanor cases may be filed at the Jefferson County Court or at the Municipal Court in the city where the crime occurred (see Subpoena).
If filed with the Municipal Court, contact VOI for information about how to proceed at 303-202-2196.
If filed at the Jefferson County Court, you will be subpoenaed for 1 pm on the next business day following the defendant’s arrest. Plan to be there all afternoon. This is an opportunity for you to give your input on the case.
If you have questions, have special needs or need transportation to court, you may call VOI’s 24-hour hotline at 303-202-2196 or the District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Unit at 303-271-6556 the next business day following the defendant’s arrest.
Location of Jefferson County Court: Jefferson County Courts and Administration Building 100 Jefferson County Parkway Golden, CO 80401