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24 Hour Hotlines

The Children's Trust Helpline
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Florida Coalition Against
Sexual Violence Hotline

1-800-962-2873

National Domestic
Violence Hotline (TTY)

1-800-799-7283
1-800-787-3224

Florida Coalition Against
Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-500-1119

Elderly, Child and Disability Hotline
1-800-962-2873

TDD users Florida Relay Services
1-800-955-8771

Coral Gables Police Victim's Advocate provides support for victims and witnesses of crime and to help them understand their rights, gain access to resources and navigate the legal system. Victims of all types of crimes, and especially those who have suffered physical or emotional injury, can request services offered at any time.

The following are some of the basic services provided:

Crisis Intervention

Coral Gables Police Victim's Advocate provides support to victim and witnesses at the scene if needed according to the circumstances after victimization. Follow-up support is also provided to victims and/or their families.

Emergency Assistance

In cases of  domestic violence or abuse, the advocate can help make arrangements for shelters, locate immediate financial assistance and aid in filing injunctions.

Information and Referral

Coral Gables Police Victim's Advocate informs people about victim's rights guaranteed by the Florida Constitution and the Victims Rights Act of 1988. The program also provides referrals to victim assistance agencies and services such as counseling, support groups, immigration services, and legal aid.

Support through the Criminal Justice System

The program walks victims and witnesses through the legal process, from filing a police report to remaining involved and informed through the criminal court process. Support can include transportation to court appearances if required, assistance in explaining absences or time off to employers or creditors, advocacy and legal aid referrals.

Assistance through the Crime Victims Compensation Program

Coral Gables Police Victim's Advocate reviews all crime reports in order to identify victims eligible for financial compensation through the Office of the Attorney General. After notifying eligible victims, the Victim Advocate can assist victims in filing claims, and periodically update them regarding the status of the their claim.

Elderly Services

In cases of suspected elderly neglect or abuse, the Victim Advocate can contact protective services and serve as a liaison with other support agencies. In such cases the Victim Advocate also works with the City's Senior Services Coordinator to access resources.

Presentations

Coral Gables Police  Victim's Advocate provides outreach and educational awareness presentations to businesses, schools, health facilities, faith and senior based communities. All in an effort, to promote awareness of victims’ rights, compensation, and available services, as well as issues of victimization. The Victim Advocate also conducts crime related presentations on topics such as teen dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, elderly abuse, and sexual assault. In addition, the Victim Advocate creates awareness through the media, educational forums, fair exhibits and special events, such as The National Crime Victim’s Rights Week and the Annual Conference Against Family Violence. If you would like to schedule a presentation, please call 305-460-5401.

Coral Gables Police Department
Victim Advocate
Kattia A. Castellanos
Email: kcastellanos@coralgables.com

NEW!

The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), administers the Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. To register to the HSI Victim Notification Program, click here.

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