About Us

What is an Advocate?

An advocate with the USF Center for Victim Advocacy 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.

Megan Deremiah, M. Ed

Lead Victim Advocate

Dani Smith, MPH

Violence Prevention Specialist

Jen Kovacs, BS, MPH Candidate 2020 

Victim Advocate


Tracy Giroux

Administrative Assistant

Almendra Kniep

Violence Prevention Student Assistant