Colorado State Law says that Domestic Violence is:
An act or threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved with in an intimate relationship. Domestic Violence includes any other crime against a person or property, including an animal when it is used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation, or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. Colorado Revised statutes (C.R.S.) 18-6-800.3 (1)
Civil Protection Orders
A protection order may be issued if the issuing judge or magistrate finds that an imminent danger exists to the person or persons seeking protection under the civil protection order.
“Imminent danger” is the health or life of one or more persons, considering the circumstances surrounding the most recent incident of abuse or threat of harm and any other relevant evidence regarding the safety or the person(s) seeking this order. C.R.S. 13-14-102
Obtain a protection order or for information on Protection Order Assistance clinic times, call the Broomfield Combined Courts Protection Order Clinic at 720.887.2179.
Inform your family, friends, and children’s school about the protection order.
Call 9-1-1 if the batterer breaks the protection order or commits an act of violence.
Time-off From Work for Victims
Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S) 24-34-402.7 addresses leave for employees who seek protection as a victim of Domestic Violence, Stalking, or Sexual Assault, or any other crime related to Domestic Violence.
Employers shall permit an employee to take up to three (3) working days of leave from work, with or without pay, in any 12-month period if the employee is the victim of:
- Domestic Abuse, C.R.S. 13-14-101(2)
- Stalking, C.R.S. 18-9-11
- Sexual Assault, C.R.S. 18-3-4-2
This leave must be for seeking a civil protection order, obtaining medical care or mental health counseling, making their home secure from the perpetrator of the above acts, to seek new housing, or to seek legal assistance to address issues arising from these acts of violence.
Rights of Victimized Tenants
Landlords may not terminate an agreement or impose a penalty for calls made by the resident for police or emergency assistance in response to a domestic violence/domestic abuse situation.
Victims of domestic violence may be able to seek relief from obligations of a lease. To do so, the landlord must be notified in writing and include a police report that spells out the conditions warranting the action you wish to take. For more information, contact Victim Services at 303.438.6429 or 303.438.6471.
Termination or eviction of a residential tenant is not authorized solely because the residential tenant is the victim of domestic violence or domestic abuse. (C.R.S. 38-12-402).
Employers May Get Protection Orders
If the judge or magistrate finds that an imminent danger exists to the employees of a business, he or she may issue a civil protection order in the name of that business for the protection of the employees.
You can obtain a copy of these amended laws in their entirety on the Colorado General Assembly’s website at: https://leg.colorado.gov/colorado-revised-statutes
Revenge Porn is the crime of posting or sharing sexually explicit private images or video over the internet of an individual over the age of 18 without their consent; this can include any picture or video in which the victim was unaware they were being photographed or filmed (C.R.S. 18-7-107). It is also a crime to post above-described photos/video for monetary gain (C.R.S.18-7-108).
Denver Legal Resources
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