Category: Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is not a crime all by itself in Colorado. In fact, domestic violence is what is known as a “sentence enhancer” in the state, meaning that it will increase punishment for an underlying offense.

If you’re accused of a crime involving domestic violence as an aggravating factor, you may face serious charges in the state. In Colorado, police will arrest anyone they suspect with probable cause to have

Colorado courts treat domestic violence charges as enhancements or additions to existing charges. So, if the defendant and alleged victim share or have shared an intimate relationship, additional penalties will be imposed upon conviction.

To ensure due punishment, domestic violence charges in Colorado have some unique characteristics:

  • They require mandatory arrest.
  • The accuser cannot drop the charges.
  • The District Attorney can proceed with the case even if the accuser does

Domestic violence crimes impact the lives of many people.

Up until this point, the court system in Colorado focused on helping adult victims of domestic violence. They did not protect children to the same extent. Now, with the horrific death of a child at the hands of his father, the way the law operates for children in domestic violence situations is going to change.

In September 2019, a judge sent

Denver’s annual domestic violence report was just released on September 21st and it has some interesting information about domestic violence in Denver this year.

Overall, crimes related to domestic violence are down in 2020 when compared with the same period last year. Still, domestic violence is an issue here, with an average of 5.3 domestic violence crimes reported each day.

So what sorts of actions constitute domestic violence? What

 

Many people have a narrow conception of what domestic violence looks like. Typically, they envision a scared wife cowering from an abusive husband. Domestic violence can take many forms, however.

 

Not only can it include a variety of family members as well as significant others, but it also includes violence among same-sex partners.

 

Violence in the Colorado LGBTQ Community

 

The LGBTQ community has been slow to