Victim Services

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Crisis Lines

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hardee/Highlands Counties: 863.386.1167

24-Hour Domestic Violence Polk County: 863.413.2700

24-Hour Sexual Assault: 863.413.2707

Victim Services Domestic Violence Center and Rape Recovery Program is a dual center providing free and confidential services to victims/survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and is the only center in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties certified by DCF and FCASV.

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About Our Victim Services

Established in 1978 Peace River Center Victim Services, Domestic Violence Center, and Rape Recovery Program is the only certified center in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands Counties. We are a dual center providing services to victims/survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. We are certified by the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence.

The mission of Peace River Center Victim Services is to reduce the incidence of sexual violence and domestic/family violence, as well as promote safety and a higher quality of life through shelter services, supportive programming, counseling, advocacy, education and outreach Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties.

Peace River Center Victim Services’ vision is to educate and promote safety within the community through creating a positive force for social change with a zero tolerance towards domestic and sexual violence in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties.

Domestic Violence Services

Peace River Center’s Domestic Violence Program provides free, confidential services for individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking crimes, their family members and friends in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties.

Crisis Lines

24-Hour Domestic Violence Crisis Lines

Hardee/Highlands 863.386.1167

Polk 863.413.2700

Victim Services Office Line


What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is a pattern of controlling behaviors— violence or threats of violence—that one person uses to establish power over an intimate partner in order to control that partner’s actions and activities.

Our Services

  • Emergency shelter
  • Counseling
  • 24-hour hotline
  • Assessment of children
  • Direct Services information and referral
  • Services management
  • Community education
  • Professional training
  • Safety planning
  • Survivor support groups
  • Courthouse advocacy
  • Assistance with Victim’s Compensation Claims
  • Do not judge him/her.
  • Talk to him/her and help them open up. You may have to try several times before they confide in you. Try to be direct and start by saying something like, “I’m concerned about your safety…”
  • Listen to and believe what they tell you. Too often people do not believe what they disclose about the abuse. Remember, that abusers look like wonderful people in public.
  • Reassure him/her that the abuse is not their fault and that you are there for them.
  • Focus on supporting him/her and building their self-confidence.
  • Leaving takes a great deal of strength and courage. An abuse victim often faces huge obstacles such as nowhere to go, no money, and no one for support.
  • Don’t tell him/her to leave or criticize them if they stay. They have to make that decision in their own time.
  • Acknowledge his/her strengths and frequently remind him/her that they are coping well with a challenging and stressful situation.
  • Know your community resources where he/she can get help, and help them with that.

Peace River Center Victim Services has a domestic violence shelter and hotline number: 863.413.2700

We also offer outreach services: 863.413.2708

Domestic abuse takes many forms. The following are examples of abusive behaviors. If you suspect abuse but do not witness one of these behaviors, do not discount it; call PRCVS 24 hour Domestic violence Hotline at:

Highlands and Hardee Counties – 863.386.1167

Polk County – 863.413.2700

Verbal Abuse 
Does your partner say things that shame, ridicule, or insult you:

  • You’re stupid, fat, ugly, etc.
  • You can’t do anything right.
  • You’ll never get a job.
  • You’re an unfit parent.
  • You don’t deserve anything.
  • Who would want you?

Emotional/Psychological/Mental Abuse
Does your partner do any of the following:

  • Accuse you of having affairs
  • Keep you from family and friends
  • Confuse you with promises and lies
  • Take your keys or damage your car
  • Take or destroy important papers

Does your partner alarm you or make you feel uncomfortable by mistreating your pet:

  • Not allow pet to receive care and food
  • Intentionally hit, kick or throw pet
  • Injure pet as a threat to you or your children

Financial Abuse
Does your partner control your ability to access money:

  • Forbid you to work
  • Forbid you to have money unless it is for a specific purchase, requiring detailed documentation after the purchase
  • Require that you give up your paycheck

Sexual Abuse
Does your partner do the following:

  • Force you to have sex
  • Force you into unwanted sexual practices
  • Criticize your sexual performance
  • Force you to have sex with others
  • Withhold sex and affection as a tool to manipulate your behavior

Physical Abuse
Does your partner do any of the following:

  • Hit, slap, shove, strangle, kick you or your children
  • Threaten or hurt you with a weapon
  • Throw objects at you

Rape Recovery Services

Peace River Center’s Rape Recovery Program is dedicated to reaching out to communities in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties to identify risk factors that might make a person more vulnerable to sexual assault. We build relationships with community partners and clients with the goal of developing prevention activities that will increase awareness and help to create a safer community and society.

Crisis Lines

24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Lines

24-Hour 863.413.2707

Toll-Free 877.688.5077

Victim Services Office Line


Our Services

  • Advocacy at area hospitals
  • Crisis intervention and counseling
  • Court accompaniment
  • On-site rape exams as an option to a hospital emergency room


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Domestic Violence

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Rape Recovery Program

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Programa Para La Recuperación de Violación

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