At C.A.R.E. we provide a number of services, free of charge.
Free emergency shelter for you and your children in a safe non-violent setting. Relocation assistance is also available for eligible victims.
C.A.R.E.’s crisis hotline is answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide immediate response to the needs of the callers.
C.A.R.E. staff and trained volunteers provide support and encouragement to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, robbery, DUI, homicide and other violent crimes to ensure their interests are represented, and their rights upheld.
Coordination of Services
It is the policy of C.A.R.E. to foster cooperation among all agencies involved with victims of crime; to seek to avoid duplication of services; to promote effective relationships with diverse agencies; and to encourage collaboration with other organizations.
Civil Legal Assistance to Victims
Free civil legal assistance may be available if you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Pets are important, they are family and their safety is also important. At C.A.R.E. that is understood and, although unable to house pets in the safe haven, we do have a foster program that will take C.A.R.E. of your animals while you are in shelter.
Free, individual and group counseling for all those affected by domestic violence, sexual abuse and other violent crimes. This can be done by telephone or face-to-face.
Also referred to as the crisis team, Hospital Advocacy is available to recent sexual assault survivors when they go to hospital emergency rooms for treatment. C.A.R.E. staff and trained volunteer advocates meet with survivors at the emergency room to offer support, discuss procedures, answer questions and advocate for the rights and well being of the survivor. Hospital advocates provide information about C.A.R.E. and other community resources available to sexual assault survivors.
Information and Referral
Information and referral to resources appropriate to individual needs are provided.
C.A.R.E. provides services for children who have witnessed and/or experienced domestic violence.
Leaving is always dangerous. Safely leaving is the goal. Call C.A.R.E. to help you plan to leave, or to help you stay home and stay safe.
One-to-one, supportive assistance to the victims of violent crimes in hospitals and/or court settings.
C.A.R.E. staff and trained volunteers provide support and encouragement during legal proceedings and guide survivors through the protective order process. For questions about a protective order for yourself, or are if you are concerned about your safety, please call 941-639-5499.
Community education presentations are provided to schools, churches, nursing homes, businesses and other organizations by staff and trained volunteers.
Crime Victims Compensation Fund
These funds are available through the State of Florida Office of the Attorney General for eligible victims of crime to pay for medical expenses, mental health counseling, lost wages, funeral expenses and loss of support for victim’s dependents.