Senior Victim Advocate Program
The Senior Victim Advocate Program was created to meet the needs of crime victims 60 years of age & over in Pasco & Pinellas Counties. Being a crime victim is an upsetting experience for everyone, but it is especially traumatic for the older adult.
What is a Victim Advocate?
A Victim Advocate is a link between the victim and the criminal justice system. A Victim Advocate provides the tools that allow crime victims to reconstruct their lives and regain the control that was taken from them by the criminal.
How We Can Help:
Victim Assistance services include:
- Information & Referrals to Community Resources
- Crisis Counseling
- Accompaniment to Court Related Activities
- Assistance with Property Return
- Assistance with Completing Victim Impact and Victim Compensation Forms
- Emergency Legal Advocacy
- Criminal Justice Support
The older adult may have been a victim of financial exploitation, domestic violence, assault, elder abuse, robbery, or economic crime. The Victim Advocate can help the victim at any stage of the criminal justice process, or help to initiate a complaint to the proper state or county authority.
As a Victim You Have the Right to:
- be free from fear, threats, or intimidation
- be informed of available compensation
- know the status of the case against your offender
- be informed of social service agencies which can help you
- be assisted by criminal justice agencies
- be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect
The Victim Advocates in both Pasco and Pinellas counties coordinate and cooperate extensively with law enforcement, the judicial system, the Adult Services Unit of the Department of Children and Families, Departments of Consumer Protection and other state regulatory bodies, domestic violence programs, senior service agencies and private sector programs in order to meet the needs of our senior victims of crime.
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Service outside of Pasco and Pinellas counties: Funding for this program is provided by a grant through the The Office of the Attorney General. To locate Victim’s Advocate services in other areas of Florida go to the website for the Attorney Generals Office where you can search by Circuit. (Pinellas and Pasco are the Sixth Circuit.)
Safety Cell Phone Project – Started by the Victim Advocate Program, this program enhances the safety of senior crime victims and seniors at-risk of becoming victims of crime. It provides a free cell phone that seniors can use only in emergencies to access 9-1-1. The Victim Advocate Program takes donations of no longer used cell phones from the public. These phones are then tested to see if they are usable for 9-1-1 safety phones and the distributed. For more information on how to donate or receive a 9-1-1 safety phone click here.
The Elder abuse page on this website provides information on prevention and reporting.