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

863.413.2708

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

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

863.413.2708

Our Services

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

Resources

You may be experiencing domestic violence if your partner is doing any of these or other unwanted behaviors:

  • Hurting you physically—slapping, hair pulling, strangling, hitting, kicking, grabbing, excessively squeezing or shaking, twisting your arms, burning you, or intentionally injuring you in any way
  • Using your children against you
  • Calling you names and hurting you emotionally
  • Harming your pets
  • Acting with extreme jealousy and possessiveness
  • Isolating you from family and friends
  • Threatening to commit suicide or to kill you
  • Controlling your money
  • Withholding medical attention
  • Stalking you
  • Demanding sex or unwanted sex practices
  • Hiding assistive devices
  • Minimizing the destructive behavior
  • Threatening to “out” you if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or transgender
  • Controlling you with “that certain look in his eyes” or certain gestures

It’s About Victim Safety!

Safety is important and making informed decisions about staying or leaving an abusive relationship is critical to a victim’s safety. Victims are the experts in their own life and the only one who knows what is right and safe for them.

Peace River Center Victim Services has trained advocates who are dedicated to assisting with finding options and developing a safety plan.

Do I Need a Safety Plan?
A safety plan is for:

  • Individuals living with an abuser – because danger can occur at any
    time.
  • Individuals planning to leave – because few abusers allow their partners to leave peacefully. Leaving is the time of highest lethality.
  • Individuals living away from the abuser — because danger often increases after a survivor leaves or ends the relationship.

Contact Peace River Center Victim Services, your local certified domestic violence
center, for assistance with Safety Planning: 863.413.2708

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