Support Agencies and Hotlines

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Child Abuse Hotline

  • 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873)

Child Protection Center

  • DeSoto: (863) 993-0033
  • Sarasota: (941) 365-1277
  • Venice: (941) 496-4416

The Child Protection Center offers prevention, intervention and treatment of child physical and sexual abuse victims and their families.

Manatee Children’s Services

  • (941) 345-1200

The agency provides assistance to children and their families who are victims of physical and sexual abuse including counseling, intervention and treatment.

Domestic Violence Hotline

  • 1-800-500-1119

United Way 211 of Manasota, Inc.

  • (941) 308-4357 or 211

First Call For Help is a comprehensive information and referral service committed to linking people with questions, concerns, or needs to the appropriate source for help. First Call For Help also does extensive follow up and advocacy.

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) Manasota

  • (941) 792-MADD (6233)

MADD provides counseling services to victims and their families of DUI crimes. They also offer support, assistance and advocacy throughout the judicial process.

Manatee Rape Crisis Hotline

  • Call 24 hours: (941) 708-6059

Manatee Glens Rape Crisis Service

  • (941) 782-4100

Manatee Glens Rape Crisis Program utilizes professional and volunteer staff to provide the following services: crisis counseling to help a survivor deal with emotional, financial and physical aftermath of victimization; criminal justice advocacy/ accompaniment to legal proceedings, including post-sentencing assistance with inmate release; follow-up accompaniment for medical examinations; assistance in preparing victim compensation claims; and, providing support groups for sharing concerns relating to assault.

Arcadia Police Department

  • (863) 993-4660

Desoto County Sheriff’s Office

  • (863) 993-4700

Victim Assistance is available for crisis intervention; referrals to community agencies; transportation to emergency shelter; explanation of the criminal justice system; accompaniment to investigations, depositions, and court hearings; assistance with Victim Compensation and Injunction for Protection.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate Unit

  • (941) 747-3011

The Victim Advocate Unit of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office offers crisis intervention to victims and family members at the time of a crime. They provide emotional support and referrals to social service agencies within the community. The advocate can provide information regarding the stages of the criminal justice process and is available for accompaniment to investigations, depositions, hearings, trials, sentencing and parole hearings. The advocate may provide assistance in filling out forms for Victim Compensation, domestic injunctions for protection and injunctions for protection against repeat violence.

Sarasota Police Department- Victims’ Service Program

  • (941) 954-7021

The Victims’ Service personnel at the Sarasota Police Department offer assistance to any victim of a criminal act committed within the city limits of Sarasota. Assistance includes support and guidance at the time of the initial incident and throughout the criminal justice process; attend and transport victim to various court proceedings and to crime related medical/dental appointments. Assistance also includes help with victim compensation claims and referral for other community services.

Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Victims’ Assistance Program

  • (941) 861-5800

The Victims’ Assistance Program of the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office provides assistance to anyone who has been the vicim of a reported crime in Sarasota County. If the victim assistant is unable to meet all necessary needs, referral may be made to a community service agency for additional help. The staff will provide support to victims and their families throughout the criminal justice process and assist with victim compensation claims.

Sarasota Rape Crisis Hotline

  • Call 24 hours: (941) 365-1976

DASH, Inc. (Domestic Abuse Shelter Homes)

  • Call 24 hours Sarasota and Charlotte Counties: (941) 475-8722

Provides services to ALL victims of domestic abuse based on Florida State Statute. Services include assistance with housing expenses, auto expenses, food, clothing, furniture, counseling, parenting classes, and a Children’s Advocacy Program.

Hope Family Services, Inc.

  • Outreach Office: (941) 747-8499
  • 24 Hour Helpline: (941) 755-6805

Manatee County’s domestic violence service provider with a mission to promote strength, safety and well- being for those affected by domestic violence. Services include emergency safe shelter, group and individual adult and children’s counseling, advocacy, transitional housing and information and referrals to other resources. Services are free and confidential.

SPARCC (Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center)

  • (941) 365-1976

A private, non-profit agency, that provides services to victims of domestic violence and rape in Sarasota County. Among other things, services include a 24 hour hotline for crisis intervention, a secretly located shelter home for battered women and their minor children, counseling, a program for children who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence, and an educational/therapeutic program for people who batter. SPARCC also aids qualifying victims to secure relocation funds when necessary.

VINE

Victim’s Information Notification Everyday. VINELink, an online portal to VINE, America's number one victim notification network. VINE has been providing victims and concerned citizens with the power of information for decades, allowing these individuals to have the sense of security that they deserve. VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information.

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