Below you can find useful information about crisis intervention, support services, victim's rights, referrals and additional services. For more information about Victim Services, contact the Largo Victim Advocate at 727-587-6730, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
A Victim Advocate may be called to the scene by law enforcement to assist victims and witnesses of crime and/or their families, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Victim Advocates respond to meet the immediate needs of the victim and their family.
Advocates are available to help victims review options, stay safe and achieve stabilization after the initial trauma of victimization. The Victim Advocate staff is available to explain victim’s rights and to help victims navigate the criminal justice process and social service system. In some cases, an Advocate may accompany victims to court and other crime related appointments.
The Florida Constitution guarantees victims of crime certain basic rights, including but not limited to, the right to be informed, to be present, to be heard at all crucial stages of criminal proceedings. These rights extend to the extent that they do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.
The Victim Rights Act of 1988 further ensures that victims:
Be informed about the availability of Crimes Compensation and other victim services
May submit a victim impact statement
Be protected from intimidation
May seek restitution from the offender
Information & Referrals
The Victim Advocate staff works with survivors to identify community-based assistance and services to improve the physical, emotional and financial impacts of crime. Typically referrals are made for abuse shelters, short and long term counseling, emergency food, medical assistance, crime prevention and legal aid.
Victim Advocates can assist victims in gathering documentation and preparing for:
Injunctions for Protection (restraining orders) against Dating Violence; Domestic Violence; Repeat Violence; Stalking; and Sexual Violence
Crimes compensation claims which may cover medical and mental health costs, funeral bills, wage loss, property loss and loss of support. Download an application
Restitution statements to be presented to the Office of the State Attorney
Victim Impact statements to be presented in court
Assistance with return of personal property as appropriate
Pinellas County 211 Helpline - A general multilingual helpline available 24/7 to connect residents with needed services like food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance.
Area Agency on Aging - Plans, coordinates and offers services through state and federal resources that help older adults stay in their homes.
Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline - An online & telephone reporting tool for suspected cases of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or exploitation of children or vulnerable adults.
Pinellas Clerk of the Court - A one-stop shop for forms, instructions, and information for all court proceedings.
Pinellas County Health & Human Services - Providing access to low-income for medical care and other safety net services.
Religious Community Services (RCS) - Provides help and hope to people struggling with homelessness, hunger and domestic violence.