Polk County residents who are suffering in abusive relationships often need help. Thankfully, there are various resources out there to assist the victims of dating violence and domestic abuse.
Here are a few resources that are specifically intended for residents in Polk County and the vicinity who are dealing with these situations:
Lakeland 24-hour hotline – (863) 413-2700
Sebring or Highlands/Hardee counties 24-hour hotline – (863) 386-1167
Note: These hotlines accept collect calls.
Victim Advocate Services – (863) 402-7329
Services provided by this office include transportation and emergency cell phones.
Hotline – (800) 500-1119
Response Team – (863) 834-6900
Victim Assistance Program – (863) 834-6914
This domestic abuse program is run by the Lakeland Police Department, based on special courses that officers have completed. The police work alongside civilian DART advocates who have themselves attended 16 hours of training.
24-hour hotline – (800) 500-1119
TDD – (407) 886-2856
This facility, based in Orange County, provides emotional support and safe shelter for those experiencing domestic or dating violence.
Beyond contacting support hotlines and using the resources available through the police, those in abusive relationships can also take legal action. You can check the definition of domestic violence and learn how to stop it with a restraining order. Plus, you can speak with one of our experienced attorneys to better understand your options.