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    DENVER (June 4, 2013) – The University of Denver, Department of Psychology, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, is conducting a large scale research project to determine the legal needs of crime victims (the, “Needs Assessment”). This research is part of a highly competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime to Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center.

    Victims, in the wake of their victimization, often find themselves at the crossroads of numerous legal issues, from needing representation to enforce victims’ rights in a criminal case to a wide range of civil legal assistance related to victimization, such as protection orders, custody battles, immigration assistance for victims of human trafficking, etc. While the Denver community is more connected than other communities because of the excellent work of the Victims Services Network, many victims continue to lack legal services for their most pressing legal needs. Often, victims must proceed from one organization to another retelling their story innumerable times without receiving the legal services they need. The Needs Assessment provides an extraordinary opportunity for Denver victims and victim services’ community to be heard with regards to where the gaps are in delivering legal services to crime victims. From the Needs Assessment, a model to meet identified legal gaps will be created and implemented.

    The success of implementing a program that meets the gaps in legal services to crime victims depends entirely on the Denver’s legal service providers’ willingness to participate in the Needs Assessment. Participation occurs in three stages. The first stage consists of confidential interviews with 25 allied professionals. This stage is dependent on victim service providers to volunteer to be interviewed or provide names of allied professionals that should be interviewed for this research project to be comprehensive in its reach. Each allied professional will receive a $30 gift card for participating in the Needs Assessment.

    The second stage consists of 20 focus groups with crime victims and/or others who can share relevant perspectives (e.g., parents or other providers in the case of child abuse/neglect). This stage is dependent on victim service providers to reach out to victims they served to ask them to participate in the focus groups. Each focus group will consist of only 10 people. Each participant will receive a $30 gift card for their time plus $15 for transportation costs for a total of $45.

    The third stage consists of voluntary and confidential online and paper surveys. The surveys are designed to take 30 minutes and each participant will receive a $10 gift card for their participation. This stage is dependent on victim service providers to make available paper surveys for their clients and to reach out to their clients as an opportunity for their clients to share their experiences.

    The University of Denver’s Dr. Anne DePrince, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, is conducting the Needs Assessment. Dr. Anne DePrince Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado and an active researcher focusing on the causes and consequences of interpersonal crimes. She has collaborated with the Victim Services Network since 2005 on a range of projects, including large-scale federally funded research studies.

    RMvlc is thrilled to be the lead agency and work with Denver victim service providers and crime victims on this collaborative project. The Denver victim community needs the participation of the victim service providers in this research project to obtain the legal services victims need. Thank you for your participation in this project!

    CONTACT: Raina Bayas Project Director Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center 303-295-2001

    About Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center The Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center provides free legal representation for victims of violent crime in criminal cases aiding with the enforcement of both Colorado and Federal Crime Victim’s Rights Acts. We operate as independent legal counsel charged to protect the legal rights and best interests of the victim through a broad-based approach grounded in litigation, creative problem-solving, and extensive knowledge of the judicial system. RMvlc is a part of a national network of clinics organized under The National Crime Victim Law Institute. This network of clinics works together to advance and enforce victims’ rights across the country. For more information, please visit

    DISCLAIMER This Announcement was produced by Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center under grant 2012-VF-GX-K018, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Press Release are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. ####

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