Victim Advocacy Services

Overview

NOTICE ABOUT VICTIM ADVOCACY SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19:

We know that due to recent recommendations to reduce the risk of coronavirus, many students may be in close quarters with an abuser with little to no options. We are here to help. Simply contact our Victim Advocate directly at 727-873-4432 to set up a virtual appointment through MS Teams. For emergencies, please call UPD at 727-873-4444.

  • After hours, contact our main line for advocacy consultation services, which can help you determine if you need immediate help or can wait the next business day to speak to our Victim Advocate.
  • For domestic violence concerns, immediate shelter, legal assistance, or law enforcement help, call CASA St. Pete (727-828-1269).
  • For sexual assault services and examinations, please contact Suncoast Center Sexual Assault Services (727-530-7273).

CONSULTATION SERVICES AVAILABLE TO ALL USF ST. PETERSBURG STUDENTS 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK 727-873-4422


The USF St. Petersburg campus is proud to offer victim advocacy services to any student who has been the victim of a violent crime (i.e., stalking, assault, domestic violence). The campus Victim Advocate can be contacted during normal business hours from 8am-5pm by calling the Wellness Center main line 727-873-4422 to schedule an appointment, or the student can schedule an appointment in person. Students who have access to an iPhone can also contact the Victim Advocate by using the USF St. Petersburg Safe app, selecting Support Services, then selecting USF St. Petersburg Victim Advocate. Students may also contact the Victim Advocate on the direct office line for non-emergency appointments and questions at 727-873-4432. These services are free and confidential for all USF St. Petersburg campus students.

After hours, students can call the Wellness Center main line and select option 2. The students’ needs will be assessed by an on-call mental health counselor and referred to the Victim Advocate for emergency responses if needed. If a student is able to address their needs during business hours, they can leave a message on the Wellness Center main line to schedule an appointment on the next available business day with the Victim Advocate.

What is a Victim Advocate?

An advocate with the Wellness Center is a professional who is trained to respond with compassion and expertise to the victims of crime, violence and abuse. This includes crisis intervention, advocacy and accompaniment, safety planning, academic and housing assistance, and nonjudgmental support to victims to help them get through the experience and regain control of their lives.

The Victim Advocate is available year-round and can provide a number of services for students, including:


Quick Access Emergency Numbers

For Tampa campus and Sarasota-Manatee campus services, click here.

  • University Police Department: 727-873-4444
  • Office of the Dean of Students: 727-873-4278
  • Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development: 727-873-5027
  • Suncoast (24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline): 727-530-7273
  • CASA (DV Advocacy & Counseling): 727-895-4912
  • Victim Assistance (St. Pete Police Dept): 727-892-5280 or 727-892-5128