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The Bartow Police Department understands that for many persons, being a victim or witness to a crime is their first experience with the criminal and juvenile justice systems. As a victim or witness, you have certain rights within the system. We want you to be aware of your rights.

For further information regarding these rights please contact the State Attorney's Office (SAO) and/or the appropriate law enforcement agency, or see the links below:

Florida Office of Attorney General-Crime Victim Services

Florida Statutes CHAPTER 960 Victim Assistance

National Center for Victims of Crime

Office of Justice Program-Victims of Crime





If this is happening to you, YOU CAN TAKE ACTION. Knowing your legal rights and other options is the first step toward ending the violence.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, dating violence or sexual violence there are laws to protect you.

Florida Statute 784.046  Action by victim of repeat violence, sexual violence, or dating violence for protective injunction; powers and duties of court and clerk of court; filing and form of petition; notice and hearing; temporary injunction; issuance; statewide verification system; enforcement

 "Domestic violence" means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.

"Family or household member" means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.

“Dating violence” means violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. The existence of such a relationship shall be determine

  • A dating relationship must have existed within the past 6 months;
  • The nature of the relationship must have been characterized by the expectation of affection or sexual involvement between the parties; and
  • The frequency and type of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship must have included that the persons have been involved over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship.

The term does not include violence in a casual acquaintanceship or violence between individuals who only have engaged in ordinary fraternization in a business or social context.

For additional information on Domestic Violence go to: 

 Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Shelter Service

Peace River Center
Lakeland 24-hour crisis line: (863) 413-2700
Sebring 24-hour crisis line: (863) 386-1167
* Collect calls are accepted.

Provides a free and confidential assessment, shelter and related services to domestic violence survivors and their dependents including crisis intervention, problem solving skills, self-help groups, safety planning, information and referrals, and outreach services including external support group.

Domestic Violence Outreach Service

(863) 534-4350

Provides safety planning, information and referral, supportive counseling, and court accompaniment for domestic violence survivors upon request.


Last updated: 8/1/2016 3:48:38 PM