In the aftermath of a crime, there is shock, devastation, pain, trauma and fear. There is confusion about what is happening now, and what will happen in the future. Despite these feelings, there is HELP, HOPE, and HEALING. Each time someone reaches out to help a victim of a crime there is a path to justice that results from this simple act of service to victims and survivors. These victims have the right to have their needs identified and addressed.

 

VICTIM SERVICES


To report a crime:

  • Call 911 for a emergency.
  • Call Okeechobee County Sheriff's (863) 763-3117 or City Police Department to report a crime.
  • A request to speak to a deputy in person can be made in the jail loddy at the sherriff's office.

Process for an injunction / protection order:

  • The Okeechobee County Court House can provide these packages for no cost.
  • You don't have to have a police report to request an injunction.
  • Application must be signed and notarized.
  • If you need any assistance contact Joan Johnson at (863) 763-3117 or e-mail jjohnson@okeesheriff.com

CRISIS COUNSELING
Refers to in-person crisis intervention, emotional support, and guidance and counseling provided by counselors, mental health professionals.

FOLLOW-UP CONTACT
Refers to in-person contacts, telephone contacts, and written communications with victims to offer emotional support, provide empathetic listening, check on victim's progress, etc.

REFERRALS TO SHELTER/SAFETY
Refers to cooperation with shelters and safe houses within or near our area for victims and families who need protection following victimization.

INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
Refers to in-person contacts with victims during which time services and available support are identified.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SUPPORT/ADVOCACY
Refers to support, assistance, and advocacy provided to victims at any stage of the criminal justice process, to include post-sentencing services and support.

EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Refers to helping locate resources for payment of food, emergency shelter, or other needs. It may also include assistance in filing for losses covered by public and private insurance programs such as workman's compensation, unemployment benefits, welfare, and Medicare.

ASSISTANCE IN FILING COMPENSATION CLAIMS
Refers to making victims aware of the availability of the state Crime Victims' Compensation Board, assisting the victim in completing the required forms, and in helping to gather the required documentation. It may also include follow-up contact with this board on behalf of the victim.

PERSONAL ADVOCACY
Refers to assisting victims in securing rights and services from other agencies, intervention with employers, creditors, and others on behalf of the victim, and relating other information about rights and remedies available to the victim.

EMERGENCY LEGAL ADVOCACY
Refers to the filing of temporary restraining orders, assisting with Impact Statement, and open communication with the State Attorney's Office.

Resources & Information

  • Okeechobee County Court of Clerk: (863)763-2131
  • State Attorney Office: (863) 763-5557
  • Public Defender Office: (863) 763-7977
  • Public Heath Department: (863) 462-5819
  • Martha's house: (863) 763-0202
  • Sexual Abuse Hotline: 1-800-596-7273
  • Abuse Registry: 800-962-2873
  • Poison Control Center: 800-282-3171
  • Florida Parole Commission: 800-435-8286
  • Office of the Governor-Victim Rights Coordinator: 850-488-3494
  • Florida Abuse Hotline: 800-96-ABUSE
  • Florida Council Against Sexual Violence: 888-956-RAPE
  • Parents of Murdered Children: 888-818-POMC
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD): 800-438-MADD
  • National Center for Victims of Crime: 800-FYI-CALL
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance: 800-TRY-NOVA

Please visit the following websites for more information regarding resources available to Victims and Witnesses:
www.ncjrs.org
www.leg.state.fl.us
www.VAWnet.org
www.RAINN.org

Victim's Advocate Brochures
Domestic Violence Rights - ENGLISH
Domestic Violence Rights - SPANISH
Sexual Battery Victims - ENGLISH ONLY