Our History

Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (VALE)

In 1996, the Denver Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (VALE) Board convened a planning committee of criminal justice based victim service providers and allied professionals. The purpose of the meeting was to build on an established history of inter-agency collaboration in order to solidify a comprehensive, coordinated service delivery system for victims of crime based on a need identified by the Office for Victims of Crime.

Victim Services 2000 (VS2000) Model

In 1997, Denver was selected as a site for development and implementation of the Victim Services 2000 (VS2000) model. Once developed, VS2000 became a national model in service delivery to victims of crime and provided technical assistance to towns, cities and communities across the nation. VS2000 transitioned in April of 2002 from a temporary grant-funded project to an ongoing collaborative effort among Denver victim service agencies and now operates under the name Victim Services Network (VSN). VSN continues to be a leader in providing victim-centered services through coordination of professionals across disciplines.