Welcome! You have now arrived at the University of Florida Police Department’s Office of Victim Services web site. Our department recognizes that few, if any, events 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 in an effort 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 dealing with the initial issues and feelings the victim may have when first facing their victimization.
* 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:
As mentioned above, the 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
51 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 one of our Victim Advocates please contact Jennifer Vaida at 352.273.3308 or Naomi Phineas at 352.273.3307 or through email at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org