The Victim Advocate Program began in 1998 through a grant from the Florida Attorney General's Office, Victims of Crime Act (VOCA)
. The program involves a full-time coordinator and six volunteers. It was formed to meet the needs of citizens of New Smyrna Beach who become victims of crime and survivors of those who have lost their lives due to a violent act. The volunteers also assist victims of disasters, accidents, and social issues.
The goals of the Victim Advocates Unit are to minimize the impact to victims of crimes and to assist in restoring their quality of life. Our advocates provide education and information of outreach programs and will assist eligible crime victims in applying for
Advocates are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to respond to the scene, hospital, or police station. They provide crisis intervention, transportation to domestic violence shelters or the Rape Crisis Center, or make death notifications. If an advocate's services are not needed immediately, they will perform follow up work on appropriate daily police reports.
View Victim Advocate Program Brochure
for additional details.