- If you are a victim of a crime or witness to a crime dial 9-1-1 for immediate emergency police assistance or dial (954) 764-HELP(4357) for non-emergency dispatch.
- For questions or assistance from the Wilton Manors Police Department's Victim Advocate please call 954-390-2162 or email email@example.com
Florida Crime Victims' Bill of Rights
Victims of crime or their lawful representatives, including the next of kin of homicide victims, are entitled to the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant, at all crucial stages of criminal proceedings, to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.
Florida Constitution Sec. 16: Rights of accused and of victims
(a) In all criminal prosecutions the accused shall, upon demand, be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation against him, and shall be furnished a copy of the charges, and shall have the right to have compulsory process for witnesses, to confront at trial adverse witnesses, to be heard in person, by counsel or both, and to have a speedy and public trial by impartial jury in the county where the crime was committed. If the county is not known, the indictment or information may charge venue in two or more counties conjunctively and proof that the crime was committed in that area shall be sufficient; but before pleading the accused may elect in which of those counties he will be tried. Venue for prosecution of crimes committed beyond the boundaries of the state shall be fixed by law.
(b) Victims of crime or their lawful representatives, including the next of kin of homicide victims, are entitled to the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant, at all crucial stages of criminal proceedings, to the extent that these rights do not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused.
City of Wilton Manors Victim Advocate
The Victim Advocate for the Wilton Manors Police Department responds to victims of crime and trauma within the City of Wilton Manors. At the request of Police, the Advocates responds to crime scenes to provide immediate crisis intervention and referrals to victims of sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, stalking, homicide and other violent crimes.
In addition, the Advocates will be there to provide emotional support, court advocacy support, and assistance in obtaining injunctions. Advocates are available for victim/witnesses in understanding how the judicial system works. They will help in filing for Victim's Compensation on behalf of those crime victims.
The Victim Advocate does not give legal advice or provide therapy. When necessary, referrals are made to agencies which provide these services. All services provided by the Victim Advocates are free of charge.
The Victim Advocate can assist victims and witnesses of domestic violence and violent crimes by:
• Notifying victims of their rights under the Florida LawIn addition, the victims of a crime and the state attorney, with the consent of the victim, have standing to assert the rights of a crime victim as provided by law.
• Crisis Intervention and short term counseling
• Information and referral to community agencies
• Criminal Justice Support and Advocacy
• Assisting victims prepare and deliver a victim impact statement
• Assistance with victim compensation
• Emergency assistance for shelter and food
• Assisting with the return of property
• Transportation arrangements
• LGBTQ Life in Wilton Manors - Crime related Legal concerns, LGBTQ Advocacy, and Program Partnerships
• Personal Advocacy
The Wilton Manors Victim Rights Handbook includes information on these rights and other helpful information. You may download a copy of the Victim Rights Handbook below or visit the Lobby during business hours to request a printed copy.
Wilton Manors Victim Rights Handbook - English
Wilton Manors Victim Rights Handbook - Spanish
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Victim Notification Program
Protection from Domestic Violence
Victim Services Volunteer Program
Other agencies / organizations that can help
BSO VINE Program
(Victim Information Notification Everyday)
The Broward Sheriff's Office VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) program notifies known victims, including the next of kin of homicide victims and the relatives of minors who are victims, about the pending release of sentenced prisoners incarcerated in Broward County jails. BSO's VINE program is a free, anonymous, 24-hour, computer-based telephone service for victims of crimes. The VINE program is designed to provide easy access to offender information and to an offender's custody status changes.
For inmate custody information, call 1-877-VINE-4-FL (1-877-846-3435) and follow the prompts. VINE informs a caller if an offender is still in custody, the offender's bail amount and the name of the facility where the offender is being held. Live operator assistance is also available.
Callers may also choose to register for automated notification via phone when an offender is arrested, released, transferred, escapes or dies. To register, callers enter the phone number at which they wish to be reached and are then asked for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for use during notification. The service will automatically call when one of the above events occurs.
Only offenders in Broward County jails are included in the Broward County VINE service. Offenders in another county's jails or in state or federal custody facilities are not included in this program.
The Broward Sheriff's Office strongly encourages victims of crimes to NOT depend solely on VINE or any other single program to maintain their safety.