Title: University of Florida Police Department's Office of Victim Services
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Title: University of Florida Police Department's Office of Victim Services
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Creator: University of Florida. Police Department.
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Publication Date: 2003
Copyright Date: 2003
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UniveFsity of Florida
Police Depactment's

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.O. Box112150
51 Museum Poad
Gainesville, FL 32611
(352) 392-5648 or (352) 392-1111


The Office of Victim Services at the
University of Florida Police Department was
established in 1993 to provide victim advocacy
services to those individuals whose life had been
affected by crime. The primary mission of the
advocacy program is to safeguard the constitutional
rights and provide for the emotional needs of crime
victims during a very difficult time. The Office of
Victim Services assists all victims of crime on the
University of Florida campus, including, but not
limited to, sexual assault, domestic and relationship
violence, stalking and/or harassment.

"I didn't want to talk io anyone. I felt
terrified and anrng'r all at the same time.
Where could I go and howi could I tell
someone what happened to me without
them telling someone else? "

Advocacy services are free and
confidential. Victims are encouraged to explore
options available to them, in a confidential setting,
so that they can make the best decision for
themselves, not anyone else. Most importantly,
victims should feel free to utilize the services of the
advocate even if they decide to not officially report
the crime to a law enforcement agency. The primary
role of the Victim Advocate is to offer a
consistent contact person who will provide
information and referral with the criminal and non-
criminal systems (i.e., police, investigators, Judicial
Affairs, State Attorney's Office, etc.). The Victim
Advocate is a liaison, within the provisions of Florida
State Statute 960, assisting the victim as that
individual progresses through his/her decision making

"I felt so helpless and was having trouble
concenliratling in Inm classes."

A Victim Advocate will assist with:

* Crisis intervention and emergency assistance,
twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
* Emergency walk-in services
* Injunction for Protection Orders
* Victims' Compensation for financial
reimbursement of medical bills, counseling and/
or loss of wages as a result of a crime
* Contacting professors to request special
* Ser\ ine as a liaison \ ith the Office of Judicial
Affairs during hearings and meetings
* Accompaniment throughout criminal proceedings
(making a police report, during in\estigali\e
follow\ up. and any court proceeding s)
* Preparationof victim impact statements
* Referral to appropriate emergency services,
counseling facilities and supponl groups

Workshops and Presentations: The
Office of Victim Services is available to present
information on the following topics:

Sexual Assault
SRelationship/Domestic Violence
Victim Advocacy
Child Abuse
Workplace Violence

These presentations are available for college classes,
employee training, sports teams, fraternities,
sororities, student organizations, and any other
interested groups. Call (352) 392-5648 to schedule
your next presentation.

The Impact of Crime on You

Trouble Concentrating
Social Withdrawal

Inability to Pay Financial Obligations
Related to the Crime

Memory Loss of the Event

Fear of Retaliation



(352) 392-5648 or
(352) 392-1111 (after hours)

"I was glad I went to someone who would
give me reliable inbforation and not
pressure me to make a decision. I felt that I
had the opportunity to discover what I
wanted to do and was given enough
information to make an informed

FloriJa Statute 960

Guidelines For Fair Treatment of Victims And

Witnesses In The Criminal Justice System

Victims, including the next of kin of a homicide victim, have the right to be in-
formed, to be present, and to be heard when relevant at all crucial stages of a
criminal proceeding, to the extent that this right does not interfere with the consti-
tutional rights of the accused. In the case of a minor, the victim's parent or guard-
ian and the next of kin of a homicide victim is given notification.

What Rights Are The Victims Entitled To?

1. informationn concerning available crisis intervention services, supportive
or bereavement counseling, community-based victim treatment programs, the avail-
ability of crime protection services and crime victim compensation.

2. Information about the role of the victim in the criminal justice system, the
stages in the criminal and juvenile justice process which are of significance to a
crime victim, and the manner in which such information can he obtained.

3. Information concerning steps that are available to Law Enforcement Officers
and State Attorneys to protect victims and witnesses from intimidation.

4. Advance notification of judicial and post-judicial proceedings which relate
to the offender's arrest, release or community work release, provided that the victim
gives the State Attorney's Office your current name and address.

5. In felony crimes or homicide, consultation by the State Attorney's Office to
obtain the views of the victim or in the case of a minor child, the guardian or the
victim's family regarding the release of the accused, plea agreements, participation
in pretrial diversion programs, and the sentencing of the accused.

6. Return of the victim's properly collected by Law Enforcement or the State
Attorney's Office for evidentiary purposes.

7. Assistance from Law Enforcement or the State Attorney's Office, when re
quested by victims, to inform the victim's employer about necessary absences from
work, and to explain to the victim's creditors about serious financial hardship
incurred as a result of the crime.

8. Request restitution from the offender for certain out-of-pocket losses. The
State Attorney shall inform the victim if and when restitution is ordered.

9. Submit a Victim Impact Statement orally, or in writing, to the judge, prior to
the sentencing of an offender who pleads guilty, nolo contender, or is convicted
of a felony crime.

10. Information concerning the escape of the offender from a state correctional
institution, county jail, juvenile detention facility, or involuntary commitment

11. Accompaniment by a victim advocate during any deposition of the victim or
testimony of the victim of a sexual offense.

12. Request HIV testing of the person charged with committing any sexual of-
fense (under F.S. 794 or 800.04 which involves the transmission of body fluids).
HIV test results shall he disclosed to the victim or the victim's legal guardian, if
the victim is a minor.

13. Prompt and timely disposition of the court case (as long as this right does
not interfere with the constitutional rights of the accused).

14. In the case of minors, if the victim or any sibling of the victim and the offender
attend the same school, the victim and their siblings have the right to request that
the offender be required to attend a different school.

15. A victim of a sexual offense shall be informed of the right to have the court-
room cleared of certain persons as provided in s. 918.16. F.S., when the victim is
testifying concerning that offense.

16. The victims of domestic violence shall be provided with information regard-
ing the address confidentiality program as provided in s. 741.465 F.S.

Available Resources

All Emergencies

University Police Department
392-1111 (V/TDD)

UPD Office of Victim Services

Sexual Assault Counseling
392-1161 Ext. 4231

Student Mental Health

U.F. Counseling Center

Alachua County Crisis Center

Alachua County Sheriff's Office

Gainesville Police Department

Alachua County Office of Victim Services

State Attorney Victim Services

Peaceful Paths Domestic Violence

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