Victim Advocacy Services
The Tallahassee Police Department’s Victim Advocate Unit was established in 1992 to provide immediate assistance to victims of crime as well as their families. The Victim Advocate Unit is committed to providing comprehensive services and support that address the physical and emotional needs that result from victimization. An advocate has the unique ability of being able to devote attention to the various needs of the victim while at the same time acting as a liaison with officers to keep the victim and their family informed on how the criminal case is progressing. The unit is staffed with four advocates who provide 24-hour assistance. Services provided by the unit include:
- On scene crisis intervention and bereavement support
- Liaison between victims, Investigators, and other community based agencies
- Referrals to professional counseling and support groups
- Community information and referrals
- Support throughout the criminal justice system by providing court advocacy, accompaniment, and transportation when needed
- Assistance with application for Victim Compensation, emergency Protective Orders (Injunctions), and safety planning
- Education for law enforcement and the community on new laws pertaining to victimization and trauma
- Inform victims of their rights under the law
The Victim Advocate Unit of the Tallahassee Police Department is the first source of help and information for victims of crime. Navigating the criminal justice system is not an easy task. It is our goal to ensure that the best possible service is provided during this difficult time. It is also our goal to ensure that victims of crime understand that they have rights too.
Florida Statute 960 is the crime victim’s bill of rights. The statute is intended to establish guidelines for the fair treatment of victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system. Victims, including next of kin, have the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant at all crucial stages of a criminal proceeding, to the extent that it does not interfere with the rights of the accused.
For more information about your Victim Rights, please download our Victim Right's Pamphlet (PDF).
It is not necessary to file a police report in order to speak with a victim advocate. If you have any questions about the Victim Advocate Unit or would like to speak with an advocate please call any of the following individuals.
- Fawnisha Brown: (850) 891-4432
- Sara Latorre: (850) 891-4246
- Melanie Tudor: (850) 891-4265
- Annaliese Wierenga: (850) 891-4742
Important Resources for Crime Victims
Emergency: Dial 9-1-1
Consolidated Dispatch Agency (non-emergency) / (850) 606-5800
Tallahassee Police Department (administrative) /
Leon County Sheriff’s Office / (850) 606-3300
Leon County Jail / (850) 606-3500
State Attorney’s Office /
Refuge House (shelter/assistance for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault)
24 hour hotline: (850) 681-2111
Attorney General’s Office (Victim Compensation) / (850) 414-3300 /
Florida Department of Corrections Victim Services / (850) 488-9166 /
VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)