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office of Victim SerVice5s?
The Office of Victim
Services (OVS) assists all
victims of crime including,
but not limited to, sexual
assault, battery, intimate
partner violence, stalking,
Services provided by OVS
V Crisis intervention
" Accompanying victims to criminal justice/
Student Conduct proceedings
" Obtaining financial reimbursement for
losses or expenses incurred as a result of
" Filing for Injunction for Protection Orders
" Advocating for students with professors if
special accommodations are necessary
The role of the victim advocate is to educate
a victim of crime on what options are
available, and to support and assist him/her
in whatever option s/he chooses. A victim
can feel comfortable knowing that anything
discussed with the victim advocate will be
kept completely confidential, allowing them
to explore all of their options in a safe, non-
judgmental environment. These services are all
free, and available on a 24 hour-a-day,
7 day-a-week basis.
Additionally, the Office of Victim Services is
available to make presentations on campus
on a variety of different topics including victim
advocacy, sexual assault, intimate partner
violence, stalking/harassment, child abuse, and
For more information on the services provided
by OVS, please call (352) 392-5648 from
8 a.m. 5 p.m. or (352) 392-1111 after
hours and on weekends.
RecoPnizinjg )elt(tion5ik Viotence,
Intimate partner violence is a pattern of
behaviors aimed at gaining power and control
over one's partner. Sometimes these actions
may escalate, resulting in assault, battery,
stalking, rape, and even murder. According
to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, women
ages 20-24 were victimized by an intimate
partner at the highest rate of any other age
group (a rate of 21 per 1,000 women). This
rate is about 8 times the peak for men (3
victimizations per 1,000 men ages 25-34).
A person may be in an abusive relationship if
* Is jealous or possessive toward him/her.
* Tries to control him/her by being very
bossy or demanding.
* Tries to isolate him/her by demanding
him/her to cut off social contacts and
* Is violent and/or loses his/her temper
* Pressures him/her sexually or demands
sexual activity with which s/he is not
* Claims you are responsible for his/her
* Makes "jokes" that shame, humiliate,
demean, or embarrass him/her, whether
privately or around family or friends.
Help is readily available for a person who
may be thinking about leaving an abusive
relationship. A victim advocate can help the
person create a plan for staying safe while
leaving the relationship. An advocate can also
assist the person with reporting the assault
to the police if the person wants to do so,
inform that person about legal protection,
provide assistance with obtaining medical
and counseling services, and/or accompany
him/her to criminal justice or Student Conduct
Did you know ... there is an internship opportunity for junior or senior
UF students available at UFPD's Office of Victim Services? In the fall and in the
spring, one intern will be selected to assist in community awareness activities,
educational presentations, and training programs. The intern will also shadow
the victim advocates during professional duties, such as criminal justice
proceedings, crisis response, and meetings with other campus organizations.
Preferred qualities for this position include a background in criminology,
psychology, or a related field; basic knowledge of the criminal justice system, Florida
criminal laws, and victimization issues; excellent oral, written, and computer skills; public
speaking experience; and ability to work independently. Interns often use their hours to
earn college credits (check with your department to see if this option is available to you).
If you are interested in an internship with the Office of Victim Services, please submit a
resume and cover letter explaining your interest in the position to firstname.lastname@example.org or
email@example.com. An advocate will contact you to schedule an interview.
wA.en LoVe Becones
If you think you can't be stalked, think again!
According to the National Center for Victims of
Crime, 1 out of every 12 women will be stalked
during her lifetime and 1 out of 45 men will be
stalked during his lifetime.
Some reasons why one person may stalk another
are that the stalker:
* Believes the victim is an ideal partner.
* May believe the victim is in love with
* Believes that the victim is the only
person who can satisfy his/her desires.
Some common stalking behaviors include:
* Writing inappropriate letters, e-mails,
or text messages to the person begging
* Calling/texting the person repeatedly.
* Sending unwanted gifts to the person.
* Secretly following a person.
* Breaking into the person's e-mail, MySpace or
Facebook account to monitor discussions with
* Becoming threatening or violent if
rejected by the person.
If you feel that you are being stalked, do NOT
take the situation lightly! Don't ignore the
stalker's behavior and assume that it will go away
over time chances are it won't! Here are a few
things that you can do to protect yourself:
* Keep a daily diary/log of harassing behaviors,
and print out any e-mails, Facebook posts, or
IM chats. This may prove useful should you
have to go to court or if you decide to obtain
an Injunction for Protection.
* Discuss the situation with friends or
roommates so you have an extra set of eyes
looking out for you.
* File police reports for harassment and save
* Consider obtaining an Injunction for
If you need any assistance with obtaining and
Injunction or you would like to file a police
report, a victim advocate from the Office of
Victim Services can help you.
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According to the U.S. Department of
Justice's report, the Sexual Victimization of
College Women, the vast majority of sexual
victimizations occur after 6 p.m.
* 51.8 percent of completed rapes take place
* 36.5 percent occurred between 6 p.m. and
So, although the University of Florida ranks
2nd among the nation's safest colleges and
universities, we feel it is important to provide
you with some well-known, yet useful tips to
help keep you safe while on campus:
* STAY ALERT!!! Be aware of your
* When going for a jog on campus, run with
* Avoid taking short-cuts in unfamiliar
* Do not park in deserted or poorly lit areas.
* Keep your car doors locked. If someone
tries to approach your car, drive away
immediately if possible, or honk to draw
attention to yourself.
* At parties, drink with dependable friends,
and always bring a friend who is not
* Always pour your own drinks and never
accept opened containers from others.
Never let your drinks out of your sight.
* Always leave parties and bars as a group.
Never leave a friend behind, even if s/he
insists. If s/he simply will not leave with
you, then stay with him/her.
* Use your resources!!! For a night escort
on campus, call the Student Nighttime
Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) at (352) 392-7627.
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Sometimes, we find ourselves in situations where we just don't know what to say. If a
friend has been raped, do you blow it off? Do you say things like, "You shouldn't have
been drinking that much anyway," or "Why were you walking alone, if you called me I
would have come." What if s/he just broke up with her/his boy/girlfriend? Do you say "s/
he wasn't meant for you anyway"? Sometimes, our responses for the people who come
to us for understanding aren't the best ones. The following is a guide to help you to be
sensitive in such situations:
* Listen openly and let your friend take his/her time telling you his/her
* Believe what your friend tells you.
* Validate your friend's feelings.
* Avoid false reassurances ("It's going to be okay") and overused sayings
("Everything happens for a reason...").
* Avoid asking too many questions, especially blaming questions ("Why
* Respect your friend's privacy. Don't talk to others about the incident.
* Inform your friends about campus and community resources that can
provide assistance and offer to go with them to seek help.