Colorado High Impact VOD Programs Get a Boost

In 2011, Colorado state law created new opportunities for victims of crime in the form of High Impact Victim Offender Dialogues. High Impact VODs offer victims and survivors of serious, violent crimes the opportunity to meet face to face with the offender in their case for a facilitated dialogue process. The outcomes of these cases in the CO Department of Corrections have been overwhelmingly successful.

 

As a result, access to High Impact VODs is growing. VODs are offered statewide by trained facilitators to victims and survivors of serious, violent crimes, whether or not the offender in their case is incarcerated, on probation or parole, or has completed supervision requirements. High impact cases are those involving serious bodily injury, including murder, vehicular homicide, manslaughter, serious assault, and robbery. (By Colorado state law, VODs are not available in cases of sex assault, domestic violence, child abuse, or stalking.)

Now, High Impact VODs are getting another boost. The National Institute of Justice has funded a research team headed by faculty at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work to study the outcomes of High Impact VOD cases in Colorado. This partnership – a collaboration of the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, the Colorado Restorative Justice Council, the Department of Corrections, Division of Youth Corrections, and Chief Probation Officer’s Council – is an important opportunity to learn more about how High Impact VODs help Colorado crime victims.

We need your help!

Both victims who are participating in a High Impact VOD and those who are not are eligible to participate in the study. Participants will be asked to provide information via a combination of surveys and interviews at three points in time over approximately one year and will receive a total of $150 in gift cards as thanks for their participation. If you are a trained facilitator and receive a request from a crime victim for a High Impact VOD, please contact the Principal Investigator, Shannon Sliva [303-871-4451 | shannon.sliva@du.edu] to learn more about including your case in the study.

To learn more about the Colorado VOD Project in general, or to ask about having a dialogue, please contact Dana Rae Vaughn-Kivenge at the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. [720-408-1383 | dana@coloradocrimevictims.org]

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