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Kristin Stokes

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Deborah Leonard

Every April the Lakeland Police Department proudly joins with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), one of seven components within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice in honor and recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). This year’s observance will be commemorated April 2–8, 2017, and this year’s theme—Strength. Resilience. Justice.—reflects this vision of the future. One in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.

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.

For more information, click documents below:

Civil Rights Fact Sheet

Human Trafficking

Department of Justice Phone Web Resource

LPD Victim Assistance Brochure

HSI Victim Notification Program

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

Attorney General Pam Bondi (My Florida Legal)

Office for Victims of Crime

How Social Security Can Help when a Family Member Dies - Fact Sheet