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2009 Florida Statutes

Relocation assistance for victims of domestic violence.
Section 960.198, Florida Statutes 2009

960.198  Relocation assistance for victims of domestic violence.--

(1)  Notwithstanding the criteria set forth in s. 960.13 for crime victim compensation awards, the department may award a one-time payment of up to $1,500 on any one claim and a lifetime maximum of $3,000 to a victim of domestic violence who needs immediate assistance to escape from a domestic violence environment.

(2)  In order for an award to be granted to a victim for relocation assistance:

(a)  There must be proof that a domestic violence offense was committed;

(b)  The domestic violence offense must be reported to the proper authorities;

(c)  The victim's need for assistance must be certified by a certified domestic violence center in this state; and

(d)  The center certification must assert that the victim is cooperating with law enforcement officials, if applicable, and must include documentation that the victim has developed a safety plan.

History.--s. 8, ch. 99-373.