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Emergency Shelters

Salvation Army
863-682-8179

Talbot House Ministries
863-687-8475

Lighthouse Ministries
863-687-3705

Important Numbers

Lakeland Police Department
863-834-6900

State of Florida Victim Information/Victim Compensation Referral Help Line
800-226-6667

Polk County Courthouse
863-534-4000

State Attorney's Office
863-534-4800

Peace River Center - Rape Recovery
863-413-2708

Personnel

Victim Assistance Coordinator

Kristin Stokes
863-834-6903
kristin.stokes@lakelandgov.net

Victim Assistance Advocates

Sharon Rose
863-834-6914
sharon.rose@lakelandgov.net

Deborah Leonard
863-834-8946
deborah.leonard@lakelandgov.net

Victim Assistance

In 1992, the Lakeland Police Department established the Victim Assistance Unit 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 Unit 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
  • Other unnamed types of crime

The Victim Assistance Unit 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.

Click here for the Civil Rights Fact Sheet.