Victim Services

The Cocoa Police Department supports victims of crime through victim advocacy. Our victim advocates and volunteers provide assistance to victims of domestic abuse/violence and other violent crimes. Through our victim services program, we pursue the goals as recommended by the National Victim Assistance Academy to help victims with the ability to make significant changes in their lives in order to solve problems, increase a victim's ability to make a successful transition from victimization to independence and connect the victim to both short and long-term community resources that provide support, encouragement and assistance.

The Cocoa Police Department staffs two full-time victim advocates, one of which serves as the victim services coordinator. The funding for these positions is provided through a federal grant under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).

  1. Joanna Hutcheson

    Victim Services

For many persons, being a victim or witness to a crime is their first experience with the criminal justice system.  A victim advocate is available 24 hours a day to assist victims with the emotional, physical and financial trauma often resulting from a crime

Services Available:

A victim advocate can provide assistance in the following areas:
  • Crisis Intervention Counseling
  • Personal Advocacy
  • Community Resources and Referrals
  • Emotional Support
  • Coordination with law enforcement
  • Court accompaniment
  • Follow-up counseling
  • Assisted with property return
  • Assistance with crime compensation
  • Information on victim's role in the justice system
  • Assistance in filing injunctions for protection
  • Locating transportation
  • Attempt to locate translators if needed