The Victim Advocate Unit at the Alachua County Sheriff's Office has been operational since the fall of 1997.
The Unit includes four full time Victim Advocates. Since the inception of the unit, staff positions have been funded with Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant dollars, a federal fund that is supported by offender fines and penalties.
Services offered to victims include:
All services are free and available whether or not an arrest has been made.
The Victim Advocate Unit utilizes interns from the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College. Interns are designated hours to complete by their sponsoring professor for the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. The internship program is unpaid. The application process and background check takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks to complete, so start early to have paperwork completed before the semester begins.
For questions concerning the Victim Advocate Unit's Internship Program, please call (352) 367-4199.
The Office of the Attorney General offers financial assistance and referral services to eligible crime victims in the State of Florida. Injured crime victims may be eligible for financial assistance for medical care, lost income, mental health services, funeral expenses and other out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the injury.
Victims wishing to apply for assistance, check on the status of their applications, or in need of any other assistance can contact the division toll free from anywhere in the United States. The toll-free number for the Office of the Attorney General is 1-800-226-6667 or visit the website: http://myfloridalegal.com
For local assistance in filing Crime Victim Compensation, victims may contact the Victim Advocate Unit at the Alachua County Sheriff's Office at (352) 367-4199.