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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Victim Advocacy Program?
    The Victim Advocacy Program is a service of the Women’s Center that provides confidential 24-hour crisis intervention services to the campus community. The primary role of victim advocacy is to intervene on behalf of the individual and to assist him or her in surviving the experience and rebuilding one’s life. This includes representing the individual’s legitimate interest regarding any problem or concern resulting from the victimization.
  • Who should be referred for assistance?
    Victim advocacy services are available to all members of the university community - students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus - who have been the victim of a crime, regardless of whether or not a report was filed with law enforcement. 
  • When should someone be referred?
    Information regarding the Victim Advocacy Program should be provided to anyone who presents information that she/he has been a victim of actual or threatened violence. Individuals may also be referred who have experienced past victimizations and are still dealing with the effects of the event(s).
  • Why should a referral be made?
    Advocates are a static resource for victims from the initial point of contact throughout the recovery process. Advocates provide emotional support, explain rights and options, and coordinate services for the victim. Furthermore, victims may find it easier to speak to an advocate than to talk to someone they know about what they have experienced.
  • How can I contact the Victim Advocacy Program?
    The Victim Advocacy Program is housed in the Women’s Center – Building 2, Suite 2100. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday . You may stop by during office hours or call to schedule an appointment. You may also reach a victim advocate by phone 24 hours a day at (904) 620-1010.
  • What are some examples of victimizations that the program can assist with?

    Services are available to persons who have experienced actual or threatened violence including:

    • Assault
    • Battery
    • Dating/Relationship Violence
    • Domestic Violence
    • Harassment
    • Robbery
    • Sexual Assault/Rape
    • Stalking
    • Prior Victimizations
  • Are the services confidential?
    Yes. Information regarding individuals who utilize advocacy services is kept confidential. If an individual is a danger to their self or others, information is released to provide assistance.
  • Can I receive assistance if I am in a same-gender relationship?
    Yes. Our program provides services to all members of the UNF community without exception. Advocates do not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.  
  • What if I need to speak to someone after hours?
    A victim advocate is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To speak to an advocate contact the Center's 24-Hour Crisis Helpline, (904) 620-1010.
  • Is help available if the victimization occurred off campus?
    Yes. Advocates provide services to all UNF community members regardless of where the victimization occurred. 
  • Do victims have rights?
    Florida Statutes 960 outlines victim rights. These rights include: the right to be informed, present and heard at all crucial stages of the judicial proceeding.