Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer or contact Peace River Center's Domestic Violence Team at one of our Crisis Lines: 863-386-1167 (Hardee/Highlands) or 863-413-2700 (Polk)

Click ESCAPE (or press esc) to quickly leave this site at any time.

Victim Services

Victim Services Logo Horizontal

The Mission of Peace River Center’s Victim Services’ Program 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 within the Tri-County area.

Our 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 the Tri-County area.

About

The Mission of Peace River Center’s Victim Services’ Program 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 within the Tri-County area.

Our 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 the Tri-County area.

Established in 1978 Peace River Center Victim Services, Domestic Violence Center & 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 & Sexual Assault. We are certified by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Florida Council Against Sexual Violence.

VS_about

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 with the Tri-counties of Polk, Hardee and Highlands.

24 Hour Crisis Lines

863-386-1167 (Hardee/Highlands)
863-4132700 (Polk)

General Phone Numbers

Hardee/Highlands – 863-733-4410
Polk – 863-733-4411

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

How do I help someone I know who is in an abusive relationship?

Check our Assessment List

How can I get help if I'm in an abusive relationship?

Call one of our numbers for help & support.

How do I know I'm in an abusive relationship?

See more info regarding domestic violence

Rape Recovery Services

Peace River Center’s Rape Recovery Program is dedicated to reaching out to communities within the Tri-counties of Polk, Hardee, and Highlands 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 their awareness and help to create a safer community and society.

24 Hour Crisis Line

863-413-2707

General Phone Number

863-733-4412

Services
  • Advocacy at are hospitals
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Crisis Intervention and counseling
  • Victims may choose to have their rape exam performed on-site at the Rape Recovery & Resource Center instead of waiting in the hospital emergency room.

How do I support someone who is a victim of sexual assault?

Check our Assessment List

How can I get help if I'm a victim of sexual assault?

Call one of our numbers for help & support.

How can I get involved?

Donating time or money is a great way to start!

How to Get Involved

Volunteer

Volunteers play a vital role in offering services to survivors of Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence.

Peace River Center Victim Services Volunteers Provide:

  • Crisis intervention, emotional support, informational and referrals through Hospital Advocacy.
  • Assistance to shelter advocates with answering the Domestic Violence crisis hotline, support to administrative assistant, and group activities for children in shelter through Shelter Advocacy.
  • Information and education to our community about Victim Services and programs we offer through Outreach Awareness Events.
  • Education on healthy relationship, Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence to community partners through Group Facilitation.
  • Administrative Support to Victim Services Office preparing for outreach events, groups, trainings, and program monitoring.

Please see application in the link below or you can come by Peace River Center Victim Services located at 1680 S. Crystal Lake Drive, Lakeland FL 33801

You may also Contact Melissa Irving 863-413-2708

Requirements for becoming a volunteer are:

 

  • Pass Background screening and drug testing, fees do apply.
  • Complete Peace River Center orientation (2days).

  • 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 (3Days) 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.

English - DV
English Brochure

Domestic Violence

Spanish - DV
Español Folleto

Domestic Violence

Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 10.38.10 AM
Brochure

Confidentiality & Privilege Laws

English - RRS
English Brochure

Rape Recovery Services

Spanish - RRS
Español Folleto

Rape Recovery Services

goldseal_4color
united_way_logo-svg
Allstate
FCADV logo
Basic RGB