Brighton Office for Victim Assistance
Serving Brighton, Commerce City, Fort Lupton and Lochbuie
In 2023, the Brighton and Commerce City Police Department’s Victim Services Unit expanded to begin serving residents of Fort Lupton and Lochbuie. The unit received a brand new name, the Brighton Office for Victim Assistance, otherwise known as BOVA.
The Brighton Office for Victim Assistance is administrated out of the Brighton Police Department, 3401 E Bromley Ln, Brighton, CO 80601. However, staff is located at the Commerce City Police Department, Fort Lupton Police Department and Lochbuie Police Department.
For a list of victim resources, please view Victim Resources page.
In 2014, the City of Brighton and Commerce City merged Victim Services Units to increase services offered to victims. The newly-established Victim Services Unit was combined though a cooperative effort, working with staff from both municipalities, obtaining city council’s approval, and gaining support from the program's volunteer victim advocates.
The Victim Services Unit for the Brighton Police Department and the Victim Services Unit for the Commerce City Police Department established separately in the late 1980's, providing services to victims of crime and personal tragedy with compassion, dignity and respect. In 1993, Colorado enacted legislation regarding Victims Rights, and was most recently amended in 2011.
In an attempt to balance the scales of justice, the Victim Rights Act provides victims an active role in the criminal justice process. The Brighton Police Department and Commerce City Police Department believe strongly in the rights of victims and has made this the corner stone of the unit. Providing victims of crime with the up most respect and informing them of their rights as afforded to them by the Victim Rights Amendment.
BOVA Victim Advocates are here to provide information, support and referrals, comfort, compassion, and caring to crime victim and their families.
BOVA provides victims with support, assistance and crisis intervention at a time when it is most needed. The initial shock following a crime, sudden death, or other trauma is harsh and painful for those involved. Police officers present at the scene of a crime or accident act with compassion and sympathy, but their primary responsibility is related to law enforcement protocol such as crime scene investigation and police reports.
BOVA is staffed by dedicated and highly-trained advocates who are on-call 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, to respond immediately to the scene of a crime, accident, or victim's home at the request of a police officer. Victim advocates not only support victims through the immediate trauma, but they also provide follow-up with referral information to further aid victims and their families through the healing process.
As experienced active listeners, advocates will assist victims in sorting through the confusing thoughts they may experience. Advocates will help victims regain control by encouraging them to manage one part of the problem at a time and prepare and predict what is next.
Advocacy & Practical Help
Many resources are available within the community and our advocates will provide you with appropriate referrals on the criminal justice system, victims' rights, crime victim compensation, counseling, and safety. Your advocate can give you procedural and factual information concerning the accident or crime and act as liaisons with law enforcement and other community agencies.