What is LINC?

The Legal Information Network of Colorado (LINC) is a collaborative network that provides confidential, no-cost, comprehensive legal information services to victims of crime in the Denver metro area.

LINC's network of service providers brings together all of the legal resources available to victims in the Denver area and streamlines the process so victims can focus on their recovery and well-being. Our Navigators are specially trained to help victims move through complex legal systems. This limits the burden on law enforcement and first responders at the scene of a crime and allows service providers to focus on their specialty areas.

LINC is part of a demonstration project funded through by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).  LINC began in 2012 as one of six demonstration projects throughout the nation. The demonstration project was created to help victims with the often co-existing and overlapping legal needs that arise in the wake of crimes. The Legal Information Network of Colorado is coordinated by the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center. You can learn more about RMVLC at: www.rmvictimlaw.org.

What Can I Expect as a LINC Client?

You become a LINC client as soon as you connect with a LINC Navigator. You can contact us through our helpline (720-583-2929), by email (helpline@coloradolinc.org), or directly through one of our Navigators.  LINC Navigators will work with you to learn more about your legal and other needs, and connect you to resources who can help.

Who Are Navigators?

LINC Navigators are trained to help people find their way through the complex legal system. A Navigator serves as the central point of contact for victims to get answers to their questions about the legal system, both in criminal and civil courts. They help clients understand their rights as crime victims and can find the help victims find they help they need to make sense of and work through the legal process.

History of LINC

LINC is part of a demonstration project funded through by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).  LINC began in 2012 as one of six demonstration projects throughout the nation with the goal of better understanding and addressing the co-existing and overlapping legal needs of crime victims.

In 2014 a needs assessment was conducted by Dr. Anne DePrince and the Traumatic Stress Studies Group at the University of Denver to better determine the legal needs of victims of crime in Denver.

Based on the 2014 needs assessment, LINC was created to increase crime victims’ access to reliable and useful information about legal services, to services provided in collaboration, and to legal resources that are holistic and trauma-informed.

LINC addresses the holistic and co-existing legal needs of crime victims in three ways:

  1. A comprehensive website provides victims and service providers with accurate and reliable legal information;
  2. A LINC helpline is available for victims and service providers to receive legal information and referrals to appropriate resources;
  3. A system of specially trained Navigators in various service provider organizations through the City and County of Denver work together to meet the legal needs of victims of crime.