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Victim Advocacy and Assistance

Victim Advocacy and Assistance
Police Headquarters
Criminal Investigations Division
Investigative Support Unit
645 Pierce St.
Clearwater, FL 33576

Victims' Bill of Rights

Crisis Counseling

Information and Referral

The Victim Assistance Program of the Clearwater Police Department was begun in 1977 as the first victim assistance program in the Tampa Bay area. Our staff work to protect the rights of the victim and to insure that crime victims receive the information and assistance necessary to reduce the impact of crime.

Victim Advocate Volunteers Needed

If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer to assist our victim assistance program, we want to talk to you! Duties include answering the phone, coordinating appointments, information referral, and general clerical duties; hours are flexible. If you are interested, contact Sgt. Laura Spelman
at (727) 562-4385 for a volunteer application.


Sgt. Laura Spelman
(727) 562-4385

Belinda Darcy,
Social Service Specialist
(727) 562-4350

Fax: (727) 562-4389


Victim's Bill of Rights

  1. To be free from intimidation.
  2. To be told of possible compensation for court appearances.
  3. To be told of possible monetary compensation for victims of violent crimes.
  4. To be told of social service agencies that can help you.
  5. To be assisted by Criminal Justice Agencies.

Eligibility

Victim Assistance is available to any resident of the City of Clearwater, or to a victim of a crime committed within the City, who is in need of help or information concerning problems resulting from the crime.

Counseling

CRISIS COUNSELING
A qualified staff counselor is available at all times through the Police Department to assist victims who are emotionally traumatized by a crime. If immediate services are not needed, the Victim Assistant will attempt personal or written contact the next working day. The Victim Assistant will explain the Victim Assistance Program and various services which are available to victims through the judicial system and from various social service agencies in Pinellas County.

SHORT-TERM COUNSELING
Serious crimes often have a strong emotional impact on their victims and other family members, causing feelings of fear, anger, guilt and grief. Talking with a counselor can help you and your family find effective ways to deal with these problems. Victim Assistance provides counseling and support throughout the court process.

Information Service

The Victim Assistance Staff can provide information about the Criminal Justice system and what a victim can expect during the police investigation and court procedures. Information is available concerning the progress of individual cases. Applications and forms for compensation through the Crimes Compensation Bureau or private insurance companies can be completed.

Referral

Our Victim Assistance staff have access to community agencies available to help victims. The Victim Assistant can provide help in locating and securing the needed services.

Recovery of Victim's Property

If your property is recovered or taken as evidence, it may be months before it can be returned. If you find you are in need of your property held by the police or the courts, contact Victim Assistance. Every effort will be made to expedite the return of your property.

Victim Assistance Presentations

Presentations to community groups are available to provide information on Victim Assistance, as well as Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Spouse Abuse and many other areas of victimization. If you or your group are interested, please call Mr. Lou Corona, at (727) 562-4350.

Additional Services Provided

  • Assistance with emergency housing, food and medical help.
  • Assistance in the replacement of ID's, credit cards, food stamps, social security cards, etc.
  • Transportation to the courthouse for court proceedings related to CPD cases.
  • Assistance in completing applications for Crimes Compensation or for insurance benefits.
  • To serve as an advocate for the rights of victims on the state and local level.
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