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Victim Assistance

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
  • Arson
  • Auto Theft
  • Burglary
  • Child Victims of Physical Abuse
  • Child Victims of Sexual Assault
  • DUI Cases
  • Elderly Abuse
  • False Imprisonment
  • Home Invasion
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Larceny
  • Robbery
  • Simple Battery
  • Stalking
  • 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.

2014 National Crime Victims Rights Week

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 6 – 12, 2014

In 1982, President Reagan appointed members to the Task Force on Victims of Crime – in the final reports, 68 recommendations were made to make improvements in the treatment of victims of crime.

In 1984, The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) was passed and from there, funds were established to support state victim compensation and services. These funds are derived from federal criminal fines and penalties.

“Victims have discovered that they are treated as appendages of a system appallingly out of balance. They have learned that somewhere along the way, the system has lost track of the simple truth that it is supposed to be fair and to protect those who obey the law while punishing those who break it. Somewhere along the way, the system began to serve lawyers and judges and defendants, treating the victim with institutionalized disinterest.”


For more information go to

2014 NCVRW Theme Video—30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.


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