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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 in 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.
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.
Established in 1978 Peace River Center Victim Services, Domestic Violence Center, and Rape Recovery Program is the tri-county area’s only certified center. We are a dual center providing services to victims/survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. We are certified by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Florida Council Against Sexual Violence.
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.
24 Hour Crisis Lines
(863) 386-1167 (Hardee/Highlands)
(863) 413-2700 (Polk)
- Emergency shelter
- 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.
24-hour Crisis Line
Toll Free Number (877) 688-5077
- Advocacy at area hospitals
- Court accompaniment
- Crisis intervention and counseling
- On-site rape exams as an option to a hospital emergency room.
How to Get Involved
Volunteers play a vital role in offering services to survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence.
Peace River Center Victim Services volunteers provide:
- Hospital Advocacy - Crisis intervention, emotional support, information and referrals for survivors.
- Shelter Advocacy - Assistance with answering the domestic violence crisis hotline, support to administrative assistant, and assisting with group activities for children staying in the shelter.
- Outreach Awareness Events - Information and education to our community about Victim Services and programs we offer.
- Group Facilitation - Education about healthy relationships, sexual violence and domestic violence.
- Administrative Support - Assisting office staff with preparation for outreach events, groups, trainings, and program monitoring.
Please reach out to us via our Contact Us form or stop by Peace River Center Victim Services located at 1860 South Crystal Lake Drive, Lakeland FL 33801
Please contact Melissa Irving at (863) 413-2708 with any questions.
- Pass background screening and drug testing, fees do apply.
Complete Peace River Center orientation (2 days).
Successful completion of 30 Florida Council against Sexual Violence Advocacy Core Training online.
Successful completion of 30 hour Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence Core Comp training (3 days) in addition to the Sexual Violence Training for those interested in volunteering for the shelter.
Follow all policies and procedures of Peace River Center and Victim Services.
Priority will be given to volunteers who can commit to 16 hours per month, with a 1 year commitment.
We gladly welcome donations. Our programs thrive because of community support and donations. All donations can be delivered to Peace River Center Victim Services located at 1860 South Crystal Lake Drive, Lakeland FL 33801. Please call (863) 413-2708 with any questions.