In Colorado, victims receiving medical care can choose which type of report occurs. In some cases, where the victim is a minor or an at-risk elder, medical professionals may be required to report the abuse. Adult victims, between the ages of 18 and 69, can choose whether or not they wish to report to law enforcement and have a medical forensic exam (MFE) completed.

There are three different types of reporting options to victims:

  • Law Enforcement Report: A victim chooses to obtain a medical forensic exam and chooses to work with law enforcement.

  • Medical Report: A victim chooses to obtain a medical forensic exam, but at that the time of the exam chooses to not participate with law enforcement. Any evidence collected is given to law enforcement with the individual’s contact information. Victims can also choose whether or not the evidence is tested. If they choose not to have the evidence tested, law enforcement must store the evidence for at least two years. Victims can call the law enforcement agency at a later date should they decide to pursue criminal justice options.

  • Anonymous Report: A victim chooses to obtain a medical forensic exam, but at that time of the exam chooses to not participate with law enforcement. Any evidence collected is given to law enforcement without the victim’s contact information. With this option, victims cannot choose to have their evidence tested. Instead, law enforcement will store the evidence kit for at least two years. Victims can call the law enforcement agency at a later date should they decide to pursue criminal justice options.

A victim can always contact Advocates to speak confidentially with an advocate and discuss reporting options too. 970-879-8888