Non-Emergency: 727.582.6200

Victim Services

Victim Advocates assist crime victims from the time of the crime and as their case progresses through the criminal justice system. Advocates provide crisis intervention, assistance with filing crimes compensation, criminal justice information and social service referrals.

Crisis Intervention
In the Pinellas County Sheriff’s jurisdiction, a Victim Advocate may be called to the scene by law enforcement to assist victims of crime and/or their families, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Victim Advocates respond to meet the immediate needs of the victim and their family.

Support Services
Due to the trauma of victimization experienced by many victims, Advocates are available to help victims rebuild their lives.  The Victim Advocate staff is available to explain victim’s rights and options, and to help victims navigate the criminal justice process and social service system.  In some cases, the Advocates may accompany victims to court and other crime related appointments.

Information & Referrals
The Victim Advocate staff works closely with local social service agencies to secure the services necessary to alleviate the physical, emotional and financial impact of crime.

Referrals are made on the basis of the victim’s specific needs.  Typical referrals are made for short and long term counseling, abuse shelters, emergency food, shelter, medical, crime prevention and legal aid.

Helpline:
www.211tampabay.org
Area Agency on Aging:
http://www.agingcarefl.org/
CASA
www.casa-stpete.org
The Haven:
www.rcspinellas.org
Family Service Centers:
www.familyservicecenters.org
Help A Child:
www.helpachild.org
Clerk of Court homepage:
http://www.pinellasclerk.org/aspInclude2/ASPInclude.asp?pageName=index.htm
Clerk of Court Injunction Info, this site includes forms, instructions and video:
http://www.pinellasclerk.org/aspInclude2/ASPInclude.asp?pageName=domestic.htm
Pinellas County Social/Health & Human Services:
http://www.pinellascounty.org/humanservices/default.htm

Additional Services
Advocates help victims in gathering documentation and filing for Crimes Compensation claims which may cover medical and mental health costs, funeral bills, wage loss, property loss and loss of support.

Advocates also aid victims in preparing restitution documents and victim impact statements to be presented in court.

Link to Crime Compensation:
http://myfloridalegal.com/pages.nsf/Main/B371D29EBE5C97748525749C00518B58

Link to Abuse Hotline:
http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/

Florida Abuse Hotline: 1-800-96-ABUSE

Victim’s Rights
The Florida Constitution guarantees that victims of crime, including the next of kin of homicide survivors, are entitled to certain basic rights, including but not limited to, the right to be informed, to be present, to be heard when relevant at all crucial stages of criminal proceedings, to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.

The Victim Rights Act of 1988 further insures that victims:

  • Be informed about the availability of Crimes Compensation and other victim services.
  • May submit a victim impact statement.
  • Be protected from intimidation.
  • May seek restitution from the offender.

The Unit Supervisor can be reached at 582-6259.

OMC Drop-Boxes

Operation Medicine Cabinet

Drop off your expired or unused medications during business hours at Operation Medicine Cabinet drop boxes located at two Sheriff’s Office locations:

The Sheriff’s Administration Building
10750 Ulmerton Rd.
Largo

The Sheriff’s North District Office at
737 Louden Avenue
Dunedin

More Information

When To Call

In Florida, simply dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency connects you to EMS, law enforcement, and the fire rescue.

The 9-1-1 system is for emergencies only – serious vehicle crashes, critical medical situations, crimes in progress, or fire.

Do not call 9-1-1 for non emergency transportation.

If you are unsure if your situation is a true emergency, officials recommend that you let the call taker determine if you need emergency help.

Address

10750 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33778

Mailing address:
PO Drawer 2500
Largo, FL 33779-2500

Phone: (727) 582-6200
Emergency: 9 1 1

Notice

E-mail addresses are public record under Florida Law and are not exempt from public-records requirements. If you do not want your e-mail address to be subject to being released pursuant to a public-records request do not send electronic mail to this entity.

Instead, contact this office by telephone or in writing, via the United States Postal Service.