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Violent Extremism

What is the CRC's definition of Violent Extremism?

The CRC defines violent extremism as the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against an individual, group, or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation. Individuals who espouse this practice believe in an ideology and pursue violence to further ideological aims.

What does the CRC do in regards to Violent Extremism?

The CRC grew out of an identified need to provide services to those who are exposed to extremist groups touting violence as an answer to marginalization, misunderstanding, and victimization. This need is recognized by local community partners, the Colorado United States Attorney's Office, and the Department of Homeland Security. The CRC is focused on efforts to understand the vulnerabilities that might lead someone to be recruited by a group that promotes violence as a solution, and we support survivors who have been targeted based on their race, ethnicity, faith, nationality, or ideology. The project aims to promote insight, healing, and action at individual, family, organizational, and community levels.

Recommended Resources for professionals:

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Colorado Information Analysis Center (CIAC)
Contact Point: Lindsey Shaw
[email protected]

Colorado School Safety Resource Center

Homeland Security, Denver Office

Denver FBI


Nicoletti-Flater Associates