Advocacy Services

The Victim Empowerment Program at Florida International University assures confidentiality to persons who use our services.  Client’s names, identifying information, and personal information must be kept confidential, unless an advocate receives written permission to release particular information to a third party, or due to an exception according to Florida law.


Who is Eligible to Receive Services?

Services are available to all eligible members of the university community, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, language, or socio-economic status.

The university community includes FIU students, faculty and staff.

Services are also available to FIU visitors who are victimized on FIU campuses.



The Victim Empowerment Program (VEP) provides free and confidential services to assist students, faculty, staff, and university visitors who have experienced actual or threatened violence.  Furthermore, the VEP is dedicated to assisting students in overcoming trauma and remaining successful in their academic pursuits.

FIU Victim Advocates are mental health professionals trained in trauma and crisis intervention to provide comprehensive supportive services to aid in recovery from experiences, including, (but not limited to): assault, battery, relationship abuse (physical, verbal or emotional), sexual and/or attempted sexual battery (acquaintance rape, date rape, stranger rape, molestation), stalking (repeated following or harassment), hate and/or property crimes.

Police reports are not required to receive services.   

Clients are provided with information and options and are free to decide which, if any, course of action they will pursue.

Services provided by the Center’s advocates include:

  • 24 hours-a- day support, information, referrals, and advocacy.
  • Supportive crisis counseling to individuals who have been victimized, whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past.
  • Assistance with exploration of options and accessing community resources.
  • Accompaniment to court, meetings, hearings, and depositions involving the criminal justice system or FIU student conduct process.
  • Help facilitating academic accommodations, if needed.
  • Speaking with instructors, legal representatives, family members, employers, landlords, and other campus or community service providers, upon request.
  • The Victim Advocacy Center also provides educational programming, social work internships, and training for students interested in participating in our peer educator program, for which students receive hourly pay.


                                                                    Location:  Modesto Maidique Campus 

                                                                                     University Health Services Complex UHSC 210
                                                                                     Biscayne Bay Campus by Appointment
                                                                        Phone:  (305)348-1215
                                                    24-hour crisis line:  (305)348-3000
                                                           Appointments:  Call (305)348-1215 or (305)348-3000 to  schedule an      
                                                                                     appointment with an advocate on either campus. 
                                                                                     Evening appointments are also available.

                                       Emergency Walk-in Hours:   Modesto Maidique Campus 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday  through Friday.

                                            Emergency After Hours:  Call (305)348-3000