Our Victim Advocate provides victims with support, assistance, and crisis intervention at a time when it is most needed. The initial shock following a crime, sudden death, or other trauma, is harsh and painful for those involved. The victim advocate is an additional resource in the police department which allows us to focus more attention on the victim(s).
The City of Titusville’s victim advocate is a dedicated and highly-trained professional. Our advocate is on-call 24 hours a day and seven days a week. She’s able to respond to the scene of a crime, accident, or victim’s home at the request of a police officer.
Here are some of the responsibilities of our Victim’s Advocate:
- Review crime reports daily to start the advocacy process.
- Participate in community outreach events.
- Complete victim assessment forms and safety planning for each case assigned.
- Provide assistance to victims to arrange referrals for social, economic, vocational, psychological, legal, and medical needs.
- Provide limited counseling and determines the type and extent of problems which apply
- Work toward resolution of physical or emotional difficulties resulting from involvement in a crime situation.
- Determine if additional counseling is necessary and makes referrals to appropriate shelters, early intervention centers, psychology services, health services, and other sources who will provide for victims.
- Assist victims in filing crime compensation claims (i.e. reimbursement for payment of medical bills, counseling, wage loss, and out-of-pocket expenses as a result of the crime).
- Transports victims to necessary appointments resulting from domestic violence/violent crime incidents.
- Assists victims with applying for injunctions.
- Accompany victims to injunction hearings for support issues.
- On-call, when necessary, via pager and subject to emergency call-out during off-duty hours and on weekends as required.
Standard / Full Civil Rights Statement
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Justice policy, this organization is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, contact or write:
Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
(Voice): 202-307-2027 (TDD/TYY).
Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may also contact OCR through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (TTY), 877-877-8982 (Speech), or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). Or contact:
Department of Legal Affairs
Place-01 The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399