Victim Advocate

Victim advocates assess and address the emotional well-being of victims and/or witnesses who may have experienced a physical, emotional, and/or psychological trauma resulting from crime victimization.  This unit provides short term crisis and counseling intervention, guidance and support through the criminal justice system, assistance with restraining orders, and applicable shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and provides referral information for community based organizations that may assist in the needs of the victim.  If you have been a victim or witness to a crime and would like to discuss your rights as a victim, please contact the Davie Police Department's Victim Advocate at  954-693-8285.  

The following assistance may be available to you:

  • Explaining your rights and your role within the criminal justice system
  • Personal Advocacy
  • Information and assistance regarding the Victim Crime Compensation Program
  • Information and referrals to community based organizations
  • Short term crisis and counseling intervention
  • Guidance and support through the criminal justice system
  • Assist with the return of property
  • Intervene with landlord and creditors when a criminal case is pending
  • Seek emergency shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault victims
  • Transportation when applicable

Victims within the State of Florida have a right to:

  • Protection from intimidation (Petition for various types of protective orders)
  • Advanced notification of judicial proceedings related to arrest, release and proceedings, including when to submit written statements
  • Notification of scheduling changes by the agency scheduling court appearances
  • Attend and be heard at crucial stages of the judicial process
  • Prompt and timely disposition of a case (provided it does not interfere with the rights of the accused)
  • Consultation by the State Attorney's Office in certain felony crimes
  • Prompt return of property (if there is no compelling need to retain the property as evidence)
  • Request assistance from law enforcement or the state attorney in notifying employers and creditors of circumstances resulting from the crime
  • Request and receive restitution
  • Submit a victim impact statement to the court
  • Have a victim advocate attend depositions
  • Review portions of the pre-sentence investigation
  • Have a defendant tested for HIV/Hepatitis when bodily fluids are transmitted

If you are a victim, there are community based organizations that may offer some assistance. Please contact them directly for additional information.