Office of Victim Services
Welcome! You have now arrived at the University of Florida Police Department’s Office of Victim Services web page. Our department recognizes that few events, if any, that may occur in one’s life can compare to the potentially traumatizing effects of being a victim of crime.
➤ The Office of Victim Services was developed in September of 1993 by the University of Florida Police Department to provide a civilian support person for anyone who may become a victim of crime while on the University of Florida campus. A victim advocate is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide support for victims of actual or threatened violence. All services are free and confidential.
➤ The Office of Victim Services is here to ensure that victims of crime receive fair treatment in accordance with the provisions of Florida State Statute 960.
➤ The victim advocate will accompany and support victims through all stages of the criminal justice process such as law enforcement interviews, line-ups, testimony, deposition, trial, sentencing, injunction hearings, etc.
➤ The victim advocate also provides emotional support while a victim experiences the initial issues and feelings oftentimes encountered by crime victims.
➤ The victim advocate can also assist with referrals for counseling and other services that may be required.
Most importantly, victims may use the services of an advocate even if they decide to not officially report the crime to a law enforcement agency.
If you wish to see the wide variety of victim advocate services available not only on the University of Florida campus but also the Gainesville and Alachua County areas, please view the following video. The video, completed as a summation of the Victim Assistance Academy, provides insight and information you may find helpful if you need victim assistance. The video can be found at: http://alachua.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=8&clip_id=2181
As mentioned above, an advocate is available 24-hours daily through the University of Florida Police Department’s Dispatch Center at 352-392-1111. Victims may also contact an advocate directly during weekdays (Monday-Friday) between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by calling 352-392-5648. You can also write or e-mail the department’s advocates at:
The University of Florida Police Department
Office of Victim Services
1515 Museum Road
P.O. Box 112150
Gainesville, FL 32611-2150
(352) 392-5648 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
(352) 392-1111 (after business hours and on weekends).
If you would like to speak to our Victim Advocates, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.