|The Sheriff's Office Victim Assistance program provides crisis intervention to victims of all violent crime, including domestic violence, battery, and homicide. The program, staffed by specially trained civilian members, is available to respond to a crime scene at the request of a detective or supervisor.
Three full-time victim assistants provide support for victims, such as initiating referrals for services, explaining criminal justice procedures pertaining to cases, and attending court hearings with victims. They assist victims with filing for victim's compensation through a trust fund managed by the Florida Attorney General's office. The fund reimburses violent crime victims in paying for stipulated expenses they incur because of the crime. Victim assistants also serve as a liaison between victims and the criminal justice system.
Mrs. Marcella Schwartz can be reached at (772)462-3616. Ms. Lissette Maldonado can be reached at (772)462-3617 and is bilingual. She is able to assist Spanish speaking victims of crime. Their offices are located at agency headquarters, 4700 W. Midway Rd., Fort Pierce, Florida. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Citizens seeking assistance in filing injunctions for protection are requested to contact Ms. Agnes Trama by calling (772) 672-8712. Her office is located at the St. Lucie County Courthouse, 218 S. 2nd St., Fort Pierce, Florida. Office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am. to 5:00 pm.