In the late 1970's, the public became outraged at how survivors of crime were treated, leading President Reagan to create a task force to study "the plight of victims." This task force recommended changes throughout the criminal justice system, including the creation of victim support services in police agencies across the country.
In 1986, following an assessment of existing services across Colorado's First Judicial District, Victim Outreach Information, Inc. (VOI) was created to provide much needed victim support services to smaller communities without sufficient resources to develop their own victim support programs.
VOI currently provides law enforcement based advocacy to crime victims in Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Edgewater, Mountain View, Lakeside, Morrison and Colorado School of Mines.
We expect the need for victim support services will remain strong. Law enforcement has now embraced the valuable assistance that can be provided by victim advocates and we have seen substantial increases in the number of victims referred to us.