Project HELP works with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the Naples Police Department, the Marco Island Police Department, the State Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiners’ Office. We ensure victims and survivors of crime receive follow up crisis intervention counseling, court advocacy, assist in applying for the Victims Compensation Program, and Information and Referral. We also provide first response when a sudden death, homicide or suicide occurs to offer the survivors notification, compassion and guidance.
Project HELP provides advocacy and accompaniment, assistance with filing for an order of protection, filing for Victims Compensation and crisis counseling throughout the criminal justice process ensuring that victims’ rights are being upheld and their voice is being heard. Project HELP has a victim advocate/counselor office in the State Attorney’s Office to provide immediate assistance to victims. The victim advocate accompanies victims to court and provides follow up reminders and information on case changes.
Project HELP Advocates/Counselors attend hearings, depositions, trials and anything related to the criminal justice process in order to support victims. We help victims apply for Victim’s Compensation benefits. Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Victims can obtain assistance in applying for State relocation funds. We also make referrals as needed to appropriate agencies in the community.