FAU Victim Services is intended to assist students, staff and faculty with the traumatizing consequences of being a victim of crime even if the crime occurred off campus.
Because most people have little contact with the criminal justice system, it can be confusing, intimidating and frustrating. At Florida Atlantic University Police Department, we want to provide the members of our community, who are criminally victimized, with information and services to lessen the impact of victimization. A victim advocate can:
- Provide Crisis Intervention
- Give you information about victim’s rights according to Florida Statutes
- Help you evaluate your options
- Document your victimization for school or employers
- Help you create a Safety Plan
- Give you information and assistance about reporting crimes both within and outside the University proper
- Accompany you to appointments at police stations, the state attorney's office, court rooms, Dean of Students, judicial hearings and other places
- Provide you with referrals to social services such as counseling, legal and medical
- Coordinate assistance and services to your individual needs
- Explain how the judicial process works
- Provide you with information about the progress of your individual case
- Explain and help you apply for Victim compensation as designated by Florida Statute
- Act as your liaison to the Criminal Justice Community
Crime victims frequently experience a myriad of feelings. The Victim Services program offers resources and referrals to assist victims in managing and understanding the emotions and physical reactions. Victims often need help changing from victim to survivor.Sometimes victims are reluctant to report crimes or are not sure whether what occurred is a crime. You can discuss your victimization with an advocate from victim services and decide if you want to report to the police or if a crime truly occurred. YOU DO NOT NEED TO MAKE A POLICE REPORT TO TALK WITH AN ADVOCATE. While making an official report is encouraged, it is not required. Victim Services are available even if the crime is not reported.
ALL SERVICES ARE FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL . However, Florida State Statute does require some types of crime information be reported to the appropriate authorities such as mandatory reporting of child abuse, or the abuse of a vulnerable adult. Other victim information is kept CONFIDENTIAL.