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This page provides a general overview of victim and survivor advocacy and how to connect with a Victim Advocate. If you would like to connect with a Victim Advocate here at ASU, visit our ASU Victim-Survivor Services webpage.
Victim advocates are trained to serve victims of crime, their family and their support network, regardless of whether the crime was reported. A victim-survivor working with a victim advocate can expect to be provided with options regarding reporting, safety and healing, resource referral and more. In Arizona, victim advocates hold privileged communication status (A.R.S. 12-2239, A.R.S. 12-2240, and A.R.S. 13-4430), and are a confidential resource unless otherwise mandated by state law to report; such as, in situations of child abuse, vulnerable adult abuse, or risk of harm to self or others.
Victim advocates can be employed by universities, cities or towns, counties, community agencies, police departments and the court system. In Arizona, there are many options to consult with a victim advocate regardless of whether you want to report to the police or to the university.
Here are some services that victim advocacy often includes:
Victim-survivors are not required to access all of the aforementioned services and are encouraged to select services based on their needs. Additionally, these services are dependent upon the agency providing the victim services and one or more may not be available through certain providers.
Each victim-survivor has unique needs and what one survivor may find to be supportive, another may not. It is important to respect the decisions of victim-survivors as they are navigating the many avenues available to access safety and supportive services. For example, some victim-survivors may choose not to report to law enforcement and instead may focus on taking steps which are most supportive of their own personal healing. There is no single, correct manner in which a victim-survivor can access services, and victim advocates are committed to helping victim-survivors navigate the available resources in a manner in which they feel most comfortable.
Below are some considerations a victim-survivor may think through when determining what support may be most helpful:
Here are just a few of the Victim Advocate programs around ASU’s campuses:
ASU Victim Advocates can assist with the criminal reporting process, connecting victim-survivors to university resources, making referrals to community services and more. ASU Victim Advocates are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (MST) and while they are located in the Student Services Building and are a part of ASU’s Sexual and Relationship Violence Program (SRVP), they can meet victim-survivors anywhere on ASU’s Maricopa County campuses or on the phone or through Zoom.
Contact ASU Victim-Survivor Services via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 480-965-0107.
Similar to ASU Victim-Survivor Services, community victim advocates, also known as mobile victim advocates, do not require police involvement in order to access advocacy services. The programs listed below are in close proximity to ASU’s four Maricopa County campuses or will meet victim-survivors at locations across the valley. Victim Advocates are not on call and cannot be reached 24/7.
A New Leaf offers Victim Advocacy for sexual violence, as well as operates a shelter for victim-survivors in need of housing. A New Leaf’s Sexual Violence Survivor Advocacy and Support Services can be reached by emailing email@example.com or calling (480) 733-3028 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (MST).
La Frontera / EMPACT-SPC’s Trauma Healing Program offers confidential, 24-hour a day services for individuals affected by sexual assault, domestic violence or hate crimes. Services include a confidential 24-hour hotline; mobile crisis support; individual, couples, family, and group therapy; and case management and advocacy. While the Victim Advocacy is not available 24/7, individuals can still call the crisis line after hours to be connected to an advocate the next business day.
Victim-survivors who are seeking a medical forensic exam, regardless of whether they choose to involve law enforcement, can connect with a victim advocate from HonorHealth. HonorHealth Victim Advocates may assist with referrals to community resources, orders of protection, developing a safety plan, and more. For general information, call 480-312-6340 (available 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).
For more service providers, review the Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Programs List developed by the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
Victim Advocate programs within city governments are often affiliated with Police Departments or the court system. This means that if an assault is reported to law enforcement, a victim advocate will often respond after hours. The following Victim Assistance Units do not require police or court interaction to provide services and can be contacted directly. Please note that in regards to a victim-survivor’s criminal case, only the agency that has jurisdiction of the case may provide case updates. Victim advocates can accompany victim-survivors to a medical forensic exam and provide the services discussed on this page, though each and every city is different in how their victim services programs operate.
Tempe - Care 7
Glendale Family Advocacy Center - Victim's Assistance
Mesa Family Advocacy Center - Victim Services
City of Scottsdale Family Advocacy Center
Phoenix Family Advocacy Center Victim Services
Lake Havasu Haven Family Resource Center
Amberly’s Place Family Advocacy Center (Yuma)