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2021 Florida Statutes (Including 2021B Session)

Relocation assistance for victims of domestic violence.
F.S. 960.198
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.
(3) Relocation payments for a domestic violence claim shall be denied if the department has previously approved or paid out a human trafficking or sexual battery relocation claim under s. 960.196 or s. 960.199 to the same victim regarding the same incident.
History.s. 8, ch. 99-373; s. 4, ch. 2012-155; s. 18, ch. 2015-92.