Colorado county courts filed 14,123 domestic violence cases in 2006. Intimate partners commit nearly half of all murders in Colorado, and the majority of the victims are female. Boys who were exposed to domestic violence are twice as likely to end up abusing their own partners and children when they are adults.
Lack of affordable housing makes the transition from shelters to permanent residences difficult for domestic violence victims. From 2005 to 2006, the number of domestic violence victims requesting emergency shelter declined while the number of victims requesting shelter for extended periods increased. Victims who live in Colorado’s rural areas suffer from the isolation and lack of access to domestic violence services because of poor road conditions and inclement weather.
Colorado takes a tough stand against domestic violence. If you stand accused of domestic violence, you can go to jail. You will stay in jail with no opportunity to post bail before going before a magistrate. You will have to sign a mandatory restraining order to be released from jail. You will also be placed in the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and FBI’s National Instant Check System database for life and will have to go through extraordinary measures to be removed. You will never be able to own a firearm or any dangerous weapons or instruments. Likewise, if you work in a profession that requires the use of firearms, you can kiss your job goodbye.
It goes without saying that if you’re facing domestic violence charges, you will need a qualified Colorado family law attorney to advise you of your rights under the law and help you build a solid defense.