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Relocation assistance for victims of sexual battery.
F.S. 960.199
960.199 Relocation assistance for victims of sexual battery.
(1) 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 sexual battery as defined in s. 794.011 who needs relocation assistance.
(2) In order for an award to be granted to a victim for relocation assistance:
(a) There must be proof that a sexual battery offense was committed.
(b) The sexual battery offense must be reported to the proper authorities.
(c) The victim’s need for assistance must be certified by a certified rape crisis center in this state.
(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.
(e) The act of sexual battery must be committed in the victim’s place of residence or in a location that would lead the victim to reasonably fear for his or her continued safety in the place of residence.
(3) Relocation payments for a sexual battery claim shall be denied if the department has previously approved or paid out a domestic violence relocation claim under s. 960.198 to the same victim regarding the same incident.
History.s. 5, ch. 2012-155.