Improving Sexual Assault Investigations with Trauma-Informed, Victim-Centered Approaches in Brighton and Commerce City, Colorado


This brief focuses on the development and operations of the Commerce City and Brighton, Colorado, Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF). Developed in 2018 to improve sexual assault investigation outcomes, the SATF uses trauma-informed approaches and victim-centered investigations to accomplish its goals. This case study describes the SATF’s overall approach to investigating sexual assault crimes and highlights promising practices and lessons learned for PSN teams to consider. In addition, we specifically highlight the trauma-informed interview technique that the SATF uses to provide context for victim-centered investigations.