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VICTIM

RIGHTS
Florida Statute 960.001
Florida Crime Victims Bill of Rights
Victims of crimes or their lawful representatives, including the next of kin of
homicide victims, are entitled to the right to be informed, to be present, and
to be heard, when relevant, at all crucial stages of criminal proceedings, to
the extent that these rights do not interfere with constitutional rights of the
accused.

RIGHT TO BE PRESENT
The victim has a right to be present at hearings
and trial, even if he or she is subpoenaed to
testify, unless upon motion, theCourt
determines their presence is prejudicial.
Florida statute 960.001(1)(e)

RIGHT TO BE NOTIFIED
Information concerning escape from a state correctional
institution, county jail, juvenile detention facility, or
residential commitment facility.
Victim notification letters
Pre-trials, motions/hearings, etc.
Motion hearings do not generate automatic notices to
victims

RIGHT TO BE ACCOMPANIED
BY A VICTIM ADVOCATE
To the following proceedings:

Discovery deposition(F.S. 960.001(5q))


Forensic medical examination
Injunction hearings(F.S. 741.30(7))
Court hearings

RIGHT TO VICTIM
COMPENSATION
A victim advocate can assist victims with applying:
Domestic violence relocation
Medical/dental expenses
Mental health counseling
Wage loss/property loss (60+ or adults with disability)
Disability compensation
Funeral/burial expenses
Human trafficking relocation
Sexual battery relocation

RIGHT TOREQUEST RESTITUTION


Medical bills/property damage
Assists victims with covering additional costs
that Victim's Compensation may not cover

RIGHT TOSUBMIT A VICTIM


IMPACT STATEMENT
Notification ofhis or herright to submit impact
statement.

Created by The Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force


VICTIM
ADVOCATES
can help crime victims from the beginning of a case
to the end by:

Navigating the criminal justice system


Attending court hearings, depositions, invests, trial prep, with
or on behalf of victim
Assisting with filing for injunctions
Assisting with victim impact statements
Providing emotional support
Providing information and referral
Acting as a liaison between attorney, law enforcement, media,
etc.
Safety planning
Assisting with applying for victim compensation
Possible transportation
Intervening with employers or landlords
Assisting with restitution efforts and property return

LOCAL ADVOCATES
Area Agency on Aging - Age 60+ 570-9696

CASA - Domestic Violence Shelter 895-4912 (South)

Clearwater Police Department 562-4420

HAVEN of RCS - Domestic Violence 442-4128 (North)


Shelter

Largo Police Department 587-6730

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office 582-6259

Pinellas Park Police Department 369-7864

State Attorney's Office Advocate 464-6090 (Small PD's)

St.Petersburg Police Department 893-7780

Suncoast -Sexual Assault Services 530-7273 (Rape Crisis)