The Victim Advocate Unit provides support services for victims and families due to the trauma of victimization. The Advocates are available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, to assist victims of crime and their families. The Victim Advocates make referrals based on the victims specific needs, provide assistance obtaining emergency food, shelter, clothing and medical help; tourist based assistance with document replacement, ID’s, credit cards and shelter; court accompaniment for victims during trial periods and assistance with applications for crime compensation or private insurance. Advocates are available to assist all law enforcement agencies in Orange County. They facilitate the Senior Spanish Crime Prevention Academy as well as other community based services. They also assist Bereaved Survivors of Homicide and handle mentoring programs for students.
In 2011, the Victim Advocate Squad responded to 16 homicides, 36 suicides, 18 death investigations, 46 natural deaths, nine baby deaths, nine drownings, three robberies, ten death notifications, one home invasion, five attempted homicides, one missing person, one sex trafficking, two sexual batteries, one domestic violence, one deputy involved shooting, three fatal car crashes, and two citizen assists.
For more information on suicides and suicide prevention please visit the following websites.
National Institute of Mental Health
Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Visit the National Center for
Victims of Crime
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