What We Do:

Since 1982, the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) has been committed to fairness and healing for crime victims, their families and communities through leadership, education, and advocacy.  By operating in an inclusive and compassionate manner, COVA creates solutions and positive change.

COVA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit statewide membership organization. Our membership includes personnel from the criminal justice system, nonprofit organizations providing assistance to victims of crime, survivors of crime, concerned citizens, and members of allied professions (human services, education, mental health, clergy, etc.).

COVA’s vision is to be recognized as a national leader in building a collaborative environment where crime victims are given the opportunity to heal and restore balance to their lives.

What COVA is involved in:

  • Providing training and technical assistance on the Colorado Victims’ Rights Act;
  • Training to assist member agencies to provide quality services;
  • Publishing standard mail and email Newsletters;
  • Publishing an online statewide directory of victim service providers;
  • Monitoring state & federal legislation affecting victims of crime;
  • Administering a Victim Services Intern Program to enhance the delivery of services to underserved/underrepresented populations in the Denver Metropolitan and Northern Front Range Areas;
  • Sponsoring the Annual COVA Conference for victim service providers and other interested parties;
  • Managing a Human Trafficking Program, which provides intensive case management for victims of sex and labor trafficking statewide;
  • Planning, developing, and hosting a statewide Victim Assistance Academy to provide base-line training to those new to the field of victim assistance;
  • Public education to foster a better understanding of victimization;
  • Offering a voluntary Victim Advocate Certification Program for Colorado victim advocates;
  • Administering a Crime Victim Emergency Fund;
  • Developing a Crisis Response Team available to assist communities statewide;

Contact Us:

COVA Staff Contact Information:

COVA’s Board of Directors:

Mark Slavsky, President
Wheat Ridge Police Department
Wheat Ridge, CO

Angela Dunson, Immediate Past President
Community Member
Denver, CO

Janet Drake, Vice President
Colorado Attorney General’s Office

Irene Blatnick, Treasurer (Finance Chair) 
Community Member
Denver, CO

Jocelyn Rhymer, Co-Secretary (Central Regional Rep, Co-Conference Chair)
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Denver, CO

Deena Ezzell, Co-Secretary
Colorado Bureau of Investigation

Britta Davis (Northeast Regional Rep)
Fort Collins Police Department
Fort Collins, CO

Michael Dougherty (Co-Public Policy Chair)
20th J.D. District Attorney’s Office
Boulder, CO

Florence Hunt (Governance Chair)
10th J.D. District Attorney’s Office 
Pueblo, CO  

Allison Boyd (Co-Public Policy Chair, Co-Conference Chair)
1st J.D. District Attorney’s Office
Golden, CO

Steve Siegel
Community Member
Denver, CO

Maureen Testa (Central Region Rep)
Community Member
Aurora, CO

Debbie Vigue
Community Member
Lamar, CO

Cecil O’Farrell
Community Member
Boulder, CO

get in touch.

1325 S. Colorado Blvd. Suite 508B Denver, CO 80222

Phone: 303.861.1160

Fax: 303.861.1265

Email: info@coloradocrimevictims.org

business hours.

Monday – Friday: 8am to 5pm MST*

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Closed for All Federal Holidays. 

Not Available for Walk In’s 

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