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Phone  850.599.3145
Fax  850.599.8481

Office of Counseling Services
101 Sunshine Manor
Tallahassee, FL 32307

Victim Advocate Services

If you are someone you know has been the victim of a crime:

The victim advocate program is here to assist FAMU students who have been the victim of a crime. It is not uncommon to experience a wide range of emotions after being the victim of a crime. Having someone to help you through the process and provide information can be comforting and reassuring. 

Victim's Rights under Florida Statute 960:
Under this statute the victim has the right to be treated with dignity and respect to be informed about available services, victim's compensation, and their role in the criminal justice system should he/she choose to file a police report. 

What is the role of the Victim Advocate? 
The victim advocate is called upon to provide emotional support and assistance to the victim of a crime. Advocates provide crisis and short term counseling as well as assistance with any problems victims or witnesses may experience because of the crime itself or related court appearances. The victim advocate can assist the victim with impact statements, crime compensation forms, and provide verification of the crime to proper university faculty and staff. The victim advocate holds confidentiality in high regard and will not release information without the student's consent.

Advcocacy Services:
Emotional Support
Information & Referrals
Safety Planning
Accompanimetn through the medical and legal process
Educational Materials
Support Groups
Assistance in filing crimes and compensation forms
Evaluation of Options
Referral Information

Examples of Victimization:
Assault & Battery
Domestic/Relationship Violence
Sexual Assault/Harassment
Hate Crimes
Identity Theft

Important Numbers:
FAMU Victim Advocate    599-3145
FAMU Public Safety         599-3256
FAMU Student Health      599-3777

Employee Assistance        599-3076
Refuge House                   681-2111
TMH                                  431-5411
Tallahassee Police            891-4200
Leon County Sherriff         922-3300
Emergency                       911

If it is after 5pm of the weekend, please call FAMU Public Safety at 599-3256 and ask for assistance from the on-call victim advocate. 

Request a Program
The Victim Advocate Program/Counseling Services offers educational workshops/presentations to classe and campus organizations. Examples of presenations are sexual assault, healthy and unhealthy relationships, relationship violence, and how to help a friend who has been a victim. To request a presentation, please fill out the Request a Program form and email it to counseling@famu.edu or drop it off at the Office of Counseling Services at 101 Sunshine Manor (house across from Tucker Hall). It is recommended that you give two weeks notice for program requests.