After experiencing a traumatic event such as physical assault, sexual abuse, domestic violence, or gun violence, crime victims often receive medical care for their physical injuries at the hospital. However, many victims also experience problems and distress related to their trauma.
Thriving Mind South Florida’s Trauma Recovery Network offers a number of free services for adult and child victims of violent crime.
Family members of victims can also receive services at no cost. All services are free to victims and their families thanks in part to a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Florida Attorney General’s Office. The VOCA Fund was created by Congress in 1984 to provide federal support to state and local community-based programs to serve victims of crime.
Trauma Recovery Network serves victims (and their families) of the following crimes:
- Physical Assault (shot, stabbed or hit)
- Sexual Assault
- Human Trafficking
- Elder Abuse or Neglect
- Child Abuse or Neglect
- Domestic and/or Family Violence
- Family members of Homicide Victims
For many victims of crime, problems can last long after the physical wounds have healed.
Crime victims can suffer fear and shock during the traumatic event, followed by problems with concentration, sleep, and feelings like anger, anxiety, depression, isolation or helplessness.
These responses can also occur in family members of victims.
Survivors of long-term, repeated victimization, including abused children and women, may develop mental health problems that would benefit from support.
While not all crime victims need additional support to deal with the aftermath of victimization, there are many violent crime victims who can benefit from specialized services to help them with the healing process. All Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) services are free for victims and their families.
Mental health providers include Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists.
For many victims, the support, understanding, and counseling provided by Peer Specialists can also be extremely helpful.
To speak with a professional about free support services including counseling, please talk with hospital staff about a referral to the Trauma Recovery Network, or contact a Thriving Mind Care Coordination Specialist today: call 305-860-0657
For mental health emergencies after hours: call 211.
This project was supported by Award No. VOCA-2020-South Florida Behavioral-00519 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs. Sponsored by South Florida Behavioral Health Network, Inc. (d.b.a. Thriving Mind South Florida) and the state of Florida.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Justice policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write the Florida Department of Legal Affairs, Federal Discrimination Complaint Coordinator, PL-01 The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-1050, or call 850-414-3300, or write Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531 or call 202-307-0690 (Voice) or 202-307-2027 (TDD/TYY) or
https://www.ojp.gov/program/civil-rights/filing-civil-rights-complaint. Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may also contact OCR through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (TTY), 877-877-8982 (Speech), or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).