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Victim Advocacy Resources

Campus Resources

Counseling Center

Comprehensive campus mental health center providing support and care for UNF students including: assessment and referral, individual, group counseling and crisis intervention.
Building 2 / Suite 2300
(904) 620-2602
http://www.unf.edu/counseling-center/

Dean of Students

Serves as consultants for UNF students who encounter unexpected obstacles or challenges during major personal or family emergencies.
Building 57 / Suite 2700
(904) 620-1491
https://www.unf.edu/deanofstudents/

Equal Opportunity and Inclusion

Focuses on providing and maintaining an educational environment in which the well-being of all students, faculty/staff are mutually respected by: Title IX committee, educational outreach and training, conflict resolution, consultation, EEO reviews and impact statements, etc.
Building 1 / Suite 1201
(904) 620-2507
https://www.unf.edu/eoi/

LGBTQ Center

Provides resources and education for UNF campus community with the commitment of advocacy, respect, equality, and support for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.
Building 58 East / Suite 1111
(904) 620-4720
https://www.unf.edu/lgbtqcenter/

Student Accessibility Services

Provides services to all students with disabilities to ensure equal access to educational opportunities at UNF.
Building 57 / Suite 1500
(904) 620-2769
https://www.unf.edu/sas/

Student Health Services

Providing all UNF students with medical care to support their wellness and academic performance such as: STD screening and treatment, women’s health, physical exams, and immunizations for class registration.
Building 39A / Suite 2098
(904) 620-2900
https://www.unf.edu/shs/

Student Conduct

Serves to protect UNF student’s individual rights and providing procedural fairness to students accused of violating established standards of conduct.
Building 57W / Suite 2750
(904) 620-3979
https://www.unf.edu/conduct/

University Police Department

Sworn State uniformed law enforcement officers providing constant police patrol on campus and surrounding areas and roadways 24 hours a day.
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: (904) 620-2800
https://www.unf.edu/upd/

Local Resources

City of Jacksonville Victim Services Center

Assists all crime victims with crisis intervention assistance.
403 West 10th St.
Jacksonville, FL 32206
(904) 630-6300
http://www.coj.net/departments/parks-and-recreation/social-services/victim-services

Hubbard House

Domestic violence shelter that serves Duval and Baker counties. Services include: hotline, emergency shelter and support groups.
(904) 354-3114
https://www.hubbardhouse.org/

Office of the State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit

The duty to the people of Northeast Florida ensures the pursuit of justice is done in a transparent, fair, and thoughtful way that maintains the trust of those we serve. Services include mental health consultations, human rights, and victim services.
301 W. Monroe St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 255-2500
https://www.sao4th.com

Women’s Center of Jacksonville

Nonprofit organization that serves Duval, Baker, and Nassau counties. Services include: education, counseling, support and advocacy, LGBTQ+ support group, referral assistance, rape prevention services, and breast cancer education.
5644 Colcord Ave.
Jacksonville, FL 32211
(904) 722-3000

24-hour Crisis Line: (904) 721-7273
https://thewcj.org/

State of Florida Resources

Florida Council Against Sexual Violence

Nonprofit organization committed to victims and survivors of sexual violence by providing assistance and resources to sexual assault crisis programs that serve them.
(850) 297-2000
Toll- Free Information Line: 1-888-956-7273
https://www.fcasv.org/

Florida Department of Children and Families

Services are committed to the wellbeing of children and their families in Clay, Duval, and Nassau counties. Services include: background screening, adult protective services, abuse hotline, domestic violence, homelessness, human trafficking, mental health, substance abuse, independent living services.
(904) 723-2000
http://www.myflfamilies.com/

National Resources

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Nonprofit organization with a mission to be the voice for victims and survivors. Services include: resources, education, and 24/7 anonymous and confidential helpline.
(303) 839-1852
Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
http://ncadv.org/

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence

Nonprofit organization with a mission to provide and customize training and consultation, influence policies, promote collaboration, and enhance diversity with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence.
Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
http://www.ncdsv.org/

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

Anti- trafficking hotline serving victims, survivors, and the anti- trafficking community by providing access to critical support and services to get help and stay safe.
Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
Text: 233733
https://humantraffickinghotline.org/

National Organization for Victims of Crime

Collaborates with local, state, and federal partners to provide services including: education and training, strengthening and expanding the rights of victims, DNA resources, stalking resources, and youth initiative.
(202) 467-8700
http://victimsofcrime.org/home

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Provides resources and education to survivors, friends and family, and advocates in preventing and responding to sexual violence.
(717) 909-0710
Toll – Free: 1-877-739-3895
https://www.nsvrc.org/

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National network of local crisis centers that provides 24/7, free and confidential services including: support for people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and free online chat.
Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

Nation’s largest anti- sexual violence organization. Services include: programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice.
(202) 544-1034
Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)
https://www.rainn.org/

Education & Reduction Resources

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention is a situation where someone who isn’t directly involved steps up to change the outcome. Stepping up may give the person you are concerned about the opportunity to get to a safe place or leave the situation.

  • Everyone can be an active bystander.
  • Knowing how to intervene is an essential part of Bystander Intervention. 

3 D's of Bystander Intervention

  1. Direct: The Direct approach uses words or actions to non-confrontationally assist the person. Direct Intervention is used when you feel safe and capable of intervening directly.
  2. Delegate: If you do not feel comfortable directly approaching the situation, look for someone else to assist you. There is much power in numbers. Delegating looks different for each case, but you may be interested in calling a resource such as 911, a Victim Advocate, a Resident Assistant, the Counseling Center, or a friend. These resources can assist you with intervening.
  3. Distract: Distraction is a strategy of intervening that is both direct and non – confrontational. There are many ways to disrupt a situation. You can start a conversation with the person, spill a drink, or compliment their attire. Your goal is to prevent the problem from escalating.

Did You Know...

  • Rape is an aggressive act. It is a crime of violence where sex is the weapon.
  • Most sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the victim - friends, acquaintances, intimates, and family members.
  • The vast majority of sexual victimizations occur in the evening.
  • The highest risk group for rape are individuals who identify as women or LGBTQ+.
  • Men are also victims of sexual violence.
  • The majority of sexual victimizations occur in living quarters.
  • Most victims do not report the crime.
  • Alcohol is frequently involved in rapes.
  • The critical issue in rape is consent.
  • Help is available.

Reducing Your Risks

There is no typical scenario. However, there are certain types of situations that place a person at greater vulnerability. Here are some suggestions that may reduce your risks of being victimized. Some tips might seem simple, but sometimes we forget to do some of the simplest things that could keep us safe.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Lock your doors.
  • Tell others where you are going and when you plan to return.  
  • When going out with friends, make agreements to regularly check on each other and for transportation home.
  • Know your sexual limits and assert those limits clearly.
  • Be assertive, forceful, and firm. If you don’t want or like someone’s behavior, then say so.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption and avoid drug use. Be able to take care of yourself in a responsible manner.
  • Avoid secluded places when dating.
  • Don’t accept drinks from punch bowls or open containers.
  • Never leave your drink unattended.
  • Don’t leave a party with someone you just met. Leave with the same people you came with.
  • Always be alert.
  • If you feel threatened, alert someone.   
  • Don’t worry about being polite. Scream, yell - do whatever you have to do. Be rude!
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation, person or place makes you uncomfortable, remove yourself from the environment.

Educational Presentations 

The Victim Advocacy program is available for presentations each semester. Victim Advocacy presentations are educational programs offered to the entire campus community. Presentations on victimizations include, but are not limited to: 

  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Violence
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Start by Believing: Disclosure Training
  • Consent Workshops

Presentations are scheduled from 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the presentation chosen.