Victim / Witness Safety

The testimony of victims and witnesses are essential to an effective justice process. For that reason, it is critical that victims and witnesses are protected from being harassed, intimidated, retaliated against or otherwise threatened regarding their involvement with law enforcement or the prosecution. Colorado has laws in place that make these actions a crime if they are committed by a defendant or by another party on behalf of the defendant.

Acts of intimidation, threats or retaliation against witnesses are rare, but they do happen. These acts may look like:

  • Requests not to testify
  • Requests to change your testimony
  • Threats of physical harm, to yourself or to others, if you do testify
  • Out of ordinary events that take place before, during or after you have testified, such as hang up phone calls, text or email messages, property damage, etc.

The District Attorney’s Office takes very seriously the safety of victims and witnesses who are involved in the criminal justice process. There are several actions that can be considered to enhance both public and individual victim safety from the intimidation of victims and witnesses. These include asking the court to impose restrictive bail conditions, the use of criminal contempt court proceedings and even additional criminal charges.

If you are threatened or intimidated because you are a victim or witness in a case, call the police or sheriff’s department immediately and inform the District Attorney’s Office as soon as possible. If you fear retaliation because you are a victim or witness in a case, inform the District Attorney’s Office as soon as possible. An advocate can be reached at (303)659-7735 and can provide you with information regarding resources regarding your safety related to the criminal justice process.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911

Si no puede leer o hablar inglés, por favor tenga un amigo que habla inglés o miembro de la familia llamar a la unidad de servicios para víctima y testigos unidad a (303)659-7735.

In all criminal cases, a Mandatory Protection Order is issued by the court at the defendant’s first appearance (Colorado Revised Statutes Section 18-1-1001). This is generally referred to as the “criminal protection order.” This mandatory protection order restrains a person from harassing, molesting, intimidating, retaliating against, or tampering with any witness or victim of a crime. The order remains in effect until the final disposition of the case, completion of sentence or acquittal.The mandatory protection order is different than a civil protection order because it is limited only to the person who is a victim or witness and is focused on protecting a witness in a criminal case.
A civil protection order may be requested from a civil court rather than the court responsible for the criminal case. A civil protection order can include anyone and any conditions that the judge or magistrate believes is necessary for an individual’s safety based upon the information provided by the victim.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911

Si no puede leer o hablar inglés, por favor tenga un amigo que habla inglés o miembro de la familia llamar a la unidad de servicios para víctima y testigos unidad a (303)-659-7735.


A no contact order is a condition that may be included in a standard mandatory protection order in cases involving domestic violence and certain cases listed under Colorado Revised Statute 24-4.1-302. The defendant may be required to comply with provision such as:

  • No direct or indirect contact with the victim; To stay away from victim’s home or any other location where the victim or witness is likely to be found;
  • Shall vacate the residence;
  • Will not possess firearms or other weapons;
  • Will not possess or consume alcohol or controlled substances; and
  • Any other order the court thinks is appropriate to protect the safety of the victim.

If you have questions regarding the no contact order, or if there is a no contact order in your case, you can contact an advocate at (303)659-7735 or the deputy district attorney assigned to the case.


A civil protection order, commonly referred to as a restraining order, may be requested from the court in a separate civil action. Employees of the District Attorney’s Office, including the deputy district attorney assigned to the criminal case and the advocate, are restricted from representing and /or assisting you in civil court proceedings. There are several non-profit agencies that can provide you with the appropriate information and help. These agencies work in an office location at both the Adams and Broomfield County Justice Centers. Hours of operation vary, so it may be helpful to call ahead to make sure that someone will be in the office to meet with you and answer your questions.

ADAMS COUNTY CIVIL PROTECTION ORDER ASSISTANCE
(303)673-7761 Project Safeguard

BROOMFIELD COUNTY CIVIL PROTECTION ORDER ASSISTANCE
(720)887-2179 Project Safeguard and
Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence (SPAN)

For information on filing for a civil protection order CLICK HERE for instructions from the Colorado Courts


While threats or acts of intimidation against witnesses do not happen frequently, they do happen. The Colorado General Assembly created in 1995 and named in 2006 the Javad Marshall-Fields and Vivian Wolfe Witness Protection Program (WPP). The purpose of the program is to facilitate protective measures for victims and witnesses involved in the investigation and prosecution of a criminal case.

Expenses for relocation, housing, food, cell phone, travel and necessary security may be covered temporarily when it has been determined that the safety of a witness or the witness’ family may be jeopardized due to their involvement in the criminal justice system. These funds must be requested through the District Attorney’s Office by a law enforcement agency or by the deputy district attorney assigned to prosecute the criminal case. Unlike the Witness Protection Program available through the federal government, this program is not funded to assist in changing a witness’ identity or provide an alternate lifetime living arrangement.

Witness Protection Program expenses are reviewed for approval of reimbursement based upon documentation submitted to the three-member Witness Protection Program Board. This board is made up of the attorney general, the executive director of the Department of Public Safety and the executive director of the Colorado District Attorney’s Council.

If you are threatened or intimidated because you are a victim or witness in a case, call the police or sheriff’s department immediately and inform the District Attorney’s Office as soon as possible. If you fear retaliation because you are a victim or witness in a case, inform the District Attorney’s Office as soon as possible. An advocate can be reached at (303)659-7735 and can provide you with information regarding resources regarding your safety related to the criminal justice process. This may include accessing funds through the Witness Protection Program.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911

Si no puede leer o hablar inglés, por favor tenga un amigo que habla inglés o miembro de la familia llamar a la unidad de servicios para víctima y testigos unidad a (303)659-7735.

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