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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a serious problem that has been addressed by specific legislation in the State of Colorado. Several crimes, including Harassment/Stalking and all degrees of Assault and Sexual Assault, may now be charged with a "Domestic Violence" header, which increases penalties among other modifications.

In the State of Colorado, the power of Officer Discretion has been removed for any crime that falls under a Domestic Violence header. This means that if Probable Cause exists for a Domestic Violence charge, the officer MUST make an arrest. Sometimes BOTH parties involved will be arrested.

If you suspect that a family disturbance is occurring, DO NOT attempt to make contact with anyone involved. Call the police at 9-911. Even police officers will not normally attempt to contact suspects of domestic violence crimes alone. A family disturbance is a potentially volatile situation and must be handled with care, preferably by professionals with the proper training.

Although you might suspect that Domestic Violence crimes would not or could not occur on a college campus, you would be incorrect to think that. The key phrase in Colorado Revised Statute 18-6-800.3 is: "when such crime 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". Intimate Relationship is defined as a relationship between spouses, former spouses, past or present unmarried couples, or persons who are both the parents of the same child regardless of whether the persons have been married or have lived together at any time. As you can see, the relationships that inevitably spring up in the dorms ARE covered by this statute. Therefore, Domestic Violence crimes and charges can and do occur on campus.