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Overview of Victim Advocacy

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 Services webpage.

Victim Advocates are trained to provide support to victims of crime, their family and their support network. Victim Advocates, sometimes referred to as Survivor Advocates, can provide crisis intervention while assisting a victim or survivor to identify resources that are helpful for their unique needs. In Arizona, Crime Victim Advocates hold privileged communication and are a confidential resource unless otherwise mandated by state law to report; for example, in situations such as child abuse, elder abuse, self-harm or harm to 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 or not you want to report to the police or to the university.

Here are some services that victim advocacy often includes:

  • Assistance with reporting the crime to law enforcement
  • Crisis intervention
  • Court accompaniment
  • Assistance with filing for orders of protection or injunctions against harassment
  • Safety planning
  • Searching for shelter availability in cases of domestic violence
  • Applying for Victim’s Compensation
  • And more

Victims and survivors are not required to access all of the aforementioned services and are encouraged to select services based on their needs.

Selecting a Victim Advocacy program

Each victim and survivor has unique needs and what one survivor may find to be supportive, another may not. It is important to respect the decisions of victims as they are planning their path to safety or connecting with support. For example, some victims or survivors may choose not to involve law enforcement and might not wish to contact an advocate affiliated with local police. There is no right or wrong way for a survivor to obtain support. All Victim Advocates are committed to helping victims and survivors navigate the resources and seek the support that they feel most comfortable with.

Here are some things a victim or survivor may consider when deciding what support may be most helpful:

  • Do they want to report the incident to the police?
  • Do they want to talk about reporting options at the university?
  • Are they interested in having an Advocate accompany them to legal proceedings?
  • Are they considering an order of protection or injunction against harassment?
  • Is the victim or survivor interested in obtaining a medical forensic exam?
  • Is the victim or survivor in need of a shelter due to domestic violence?
  • Is the victim or survivor exploring options for victim’s compensation?

Victim Advocacy services near ASU’s campuses

Here are just a few of the Victim Advocate programs around ASU’s campuses:

Arizona State University Victim Services

Victim Advocates at ASU can assist with the criminal reporting process, connecting victims and survivors to university resources, making referrals to community services, and more. Victim Advocates are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (MST) and while they are located at ASU Counseling Services, they can meet victims and survivors anywhere on ASU’s Maricopa County campuses or on the phone or through Zoom.

Contact Victim Services at victimservices@asu.edu or by calling 480-965-0107.

Community Victim Advocate programs

Similar to ASU Victim Services, Advocates that work for community organizations 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 victims and survivors at locations across the valley. Victim Advocates are not on call and cannot be reached 24/7.

A New Leaf Sexual and Domestic Violence Services

A New Leaf offers Victim Advocacy for sexual and domestic violence, as well as operates a shelter for victims in need of housing. A New Leaf’s Sexual Violence Survivor Advocacy and Support Services can be reached by emailing sv_sass@turnanewleaf.org or calling (480) 733-3028 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (MST).

EMPACT Trauma Healing Services

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.

HonorHealth Forensic Nursing Services

Victims and 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.

City or County Victim Advocate programs

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. Regarding a Victim/Survivor’s criminal case, only the agency that has jurisdiction of the case may provide case updates. Victim Advocates can accompany victims/survivors to a medical forensic exam and provide the services discussed on this page. 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)