To strive for the protection of the safety and dignity of all victims of and witnesses of crimes in a manner no less vigorous than that invoked in providing protection to criminal defendants.
The Colorado Legislature approved a bill that created the Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (VALE) program in 1984. The legislation crafted a funding mechanism that generates funds in each of Colorado's twenty-two judicial districts. Its intent was to provide programs and services for crime victims and to assist law enforcement. The funds for this legislation come from surcharges on fines paid by those convicted of crimes. The Colorado Revised Statue (C.R.S.) 24-4.2 outlines the existence and authority of VALE boards.