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Domestic Violence Unit (D.O.V.E.)

The D.O.V.E Unit has three main goals.

  • Assist the police in investigating the crime
  • Hold the offender accountable by prosecuting the crime
  • Collaborate with various social services and government agencies to get the victims the services they need

The word “family” means more than just a husband, wife and children.  A family means that the couple, even if they are not married, is living together or has a child together.

In this division, there are five prosecutors and 12 victim advocates who handle serious felony cases and all misdemeanors.   The D.O.V.E. is unique in that they are working on cases where the victims’ safety is at stake. 

Each victim is assigned an advocate from our office. The advocates are available to assist the victims after the perpetrator is arrested.  Advocates work even on holidays and weekends.

The victim advocates:

  • Accompany the victim to court for hearings and trial
  • Educate the victim of his/her rights in the legal process
  • Refer the victim to counseling or crisis intervention services
  • Assist the victim in finding safe shelter and creating a safety plan

In addition, the division provides assistance such as:

  • Refer victims to the Legal Aid Society if the victim needs a civil attorney and cannot afford one
  • Register victims for the Victims’ Crime Compensation Fund
  • This fund, which is provided by the Attorney General’s Office, assists in providing for relocation and restitution expenses for victims.  Examples of restitution expenses are:  medical, dental, hospitalization and counseling.  Many of the victims’ expenses can be covered as long as the victim cooperates with the State Attorney’s Office in prosecuting the offender.
  • Provide cell phones that are programmed to dial 911

The Process - Domestic Violence

NUMBERS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Abuse Registry (Elderly and Children)
1-800-962-2873

Bureau of Crimes Compensation
1-850-414-3300
Myfloridalegal.com

YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter
Harmony House

2200 North Florida Mango Rd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
1-800-973-YWCA

Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. (AVDA),
A Certified Domestic Violence Center Offering Emergency Shelter
PO BOX 6161 Delray Beach, FL 33482
24 Hour Hotline: 1-800-355-8547

First Appearance
3228 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
561-688-4400

Florida Attorney General’s Office
1-866-966-7226
www.myfloridalegal.com

Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service
1-800-342-8060
www.floridabar.org/divpgm/lronline.nsf/
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Florida Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-500-1119
http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/
domesticviolence/

Florida Abuse Hotline
1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873)

Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
423 Fern Street, Suite 200
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
(561) 655-8944
www.legalaidpbc.org 

National Child Abuse Hotline
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
www.childhelp.org/get_help 

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
www.ndvh.org 

National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
1-800-331-9474
www.loveisrespect.org

National Runaway Safeline
1-800-786-2929
www.1800runaway.org

Palm Beach County Victim Services
1-866-891-7273 or 561-833-7273 (24 hour hotline)
561-355-2418  (Monday-Friday office line)
www.pbcgov.com/publicsafety/victimservices

State Attorney’s Office-Palm Beach County
(Fifteenth Judicial Circuit)
1-800-353-3859 or 561-355-7100
www.sa15.org