In 1992, the Lakeland Police Department established the Victim Assistance Program to assist crime victims and their families to regain a level of normalcy enjoyed by them prior to their tragedy, and to ensure compliance with the Florida Victim/Witness Rights laws.
You will find a wide range of information on our victim assistance web page.
The Victim Compensation Trust fund has been established to provide financial support/cash awards for victims of crime. Assistance is provided in the areas of counseling, dental/medical bills, lost wages, etc. All applications must be processed to determine eligibility. This trust fund is funded entirely by offenders and is collected annually by each Judicial Circuit in the State of Florida.
The Lakeland Police Department's Victim Assistance Program offers a wide range of services to victims of many crime types. The program is mandated to service victims of crime in the following areas.
- Adult Victims of Sexual Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Auto Theft
- Child Victims of Physical Abuse
- Child Victims of Sexual Assault
- DUI Cases
- Elderly Abuse
- False Imprisonment
- Home Invasion
- Simple Battery
- Any other unnamed type of crime
The Victim Assistance Program at the Lakeland Police Department offers numerous services to victims of crime and/or their survivors.
We believe the value in helping make the victim or their family whole again helps victims recover from the traumatic experience of being the victim of a crime.
The list below are the services available to victims of crime or their families:
- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week availability of staff or volunteers to go to crime scenes, hospital, or other designated locations
- Crisis Intervention - at the crime scene or the hospital
- Assistance with completing restitution request
- Child care for court appearances related to initial victimization
- Court escort
- Criminal court orientation
- Transportation for services related to the initial victimization
- Assistance with filing victim compensation claims
- Assistance with property return
- Assistance with property repair
- Assistance with landlords, employers, or schools
- Accompaniment to line-ups
- Interviews and photo pack review
- Emergency financial assistance
- Body identification/death notification
The Lakeland Police Department's Victim Assistance Program offers a Victims' Support Group every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. It is held at the Police Department from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. This group allows victims of crime to come together and share their emotions.
Types of Benefits Available
- Disability - financial compensation for the victim who suffers a permanent whole body impairment or disability.
- Domestic Violence - relocation benefits as a one time payment. Any certified Florida Domestic Violence Center in the state can submit application to the Division of Victim Services.
- Funeral/Burial - expenses for a deceased victim.
- Loss of Support - financial compensation for the financial dependents of a deceased victim who was employed at the time of a crime.
- Lost Wages - financial compensation for the victim who lost wages because of a crime.
- Medical/Dental Treatment - reimbursement to the victim for the cost of prescriptions, eyeglasses, dentures, or a prosthetic device lost or damaged due to a criminal act.
- Mental Health Counseling - reimbursement for adults only pertaining to forcible felony cases or life threatening situations.
- Children - less than 16 years of age who are emotionally/physically injured may be eligible for reimbursement for counseling. In addition, children who witness any criminal act may qualify for counseling.
- Elderly or Disabled Adults - may be compensated for property loss from crimes up to $500.00 if the loss results in a diminished quality of life.