The History of the Victim Service Center of Central Florida
The Board of County Commissioners agreed that a portion of the jails’ proceeds needed to be allocated to recovery services for crime survivors in the community.
The Orange County Board of Commissioners established a task force that conducted a community-wide needs assessment. The task force developed a plan to create a comprehensive, survivor-focused Center.
The Victim Service Center of Orange County was opened under the auspices of Orange County Government to provide services to any crime survivor who resides in or who was victimized in Orange County, Florida.
The Victim Service Center was incorporated as a non-profit organization and became Victim Service Center of Orange County, Inc.
Along with several partner agencies, the Victim Service Center developed the SART – Sexual Assault Response Team and the Orange County Protocol for responding to sexual assault victims.
The VSC opened the Sexual Assault Treatment Center (SATC), providing forensic examinations and medical intervention to sexual assault survivors.
The Victim Service Center became the only certified rape crisis program in Orange County through the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV).
The Victim Service Center administrative office moved to 1801 Lee Road, Suite 165, Winter Park, FL.
The Victim Service Center became the Victim Service Center of Central Florida, Inc. and moved administrative office to 2111 E. Michigan Street, Suite 210, Orlando, FL.
The Victim Service Center began providing services within Osceola County, including forensics, advocacy, crisis intervention, prevention, and outreach and began services at the Care Center.
During this time the VSC transitioned from contract therapist to creating a full-time in-house therapy program.
In the summer of 2014, VSC developed partnerships with the local detention centers in Orange and Osceola County to provide inmates with access to VSC’s sexual assault hotline directly. This effort assisted the detention centers in meeting the Prison Rape elimination Act requirements and allowed inmates who’ve experienced sexual assault while in detention opportunity to speak to experienced Victim Advocates trained in the area of sexual violence and crisis intervention.
In January 2015, VSC was contracted to provide in-person Sexual Trauma Services at the Orange County Detention Center. Services include Education and Awareness groups as well as individual and group Therapy aimed assist female inmates addressing emotional issues resulting from sexual trauma. The program offers the opportunity for the participants to identify and replace dysfunctional coping patterns with appropriate coping skills which is essential for long-term change and recovery to occur.