Victim Advocate/Program Director
Arizona Crime Victim Rights Law Group
Colleen Hendricks, the third member of AZCVRLG, is a victim advocate with 42 years of experience and commitment to advocating for and assisting crime victims. Ms. Hendricks has directed a comprehensive 24/7 victim service agency, been a victim compensation administrator, created the first university accredited crisis intervention/crime victimization course in the United States for Northern Arizona University – making it a core class for social work and elective for criminal justice, nursing, and education majors. For fifteen years, as Adjunct Professor at NAU, she brought together students, professionals, and community members, many volunteering with her agency. Ms. Hendricks was an active member of the committee that wrote the original legislation for the Arizona Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights and was on the Arizona Victim Rights Implementation Committee. Ms. Hendricks has been an investigative and prosecutorial subject matter expert and victim trauma specialist and trainer with AZ POST and CA POST, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, FDLE, and trained crisis response and victimology with response for NOVA, OVC, CA OCJP, and in private practice throughout the country. Ms. Hendricks was an on-site OVC/NOVA responder to 9/11 and has served on many criminal justice-oriented committees, boards, and state appointed positions, including assigned as Victim Rights faculty advisor to the Arizona Supreme Court when the AZ Victim’s Bill of Rights Initiative passed in 1990.