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Victim Advocacy at USF

Victim Advocacy aims to empower survivors of crime, violence, or abuse by promoting restoration of decision making, by advocating for their rights, and by offering free confidential support and resources. Victim Advocates are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A Victim Guide is available here.

Campus-specific resources for Victim Advocacy are accessible here:

University Police

The University Police Department is dedicated to providing a safe environment for and in partnership with the community while remaining committed to assisting with the personal and professional development of department members. We are dedicated to the principle of being community-minded and service driven. For emergencies dial 911.

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Counseling at USF

The Counseling Center promotes the wellbeing of the campus community by providing culturally sensitive counseling, consultation, prevention, and training that enhances student academic and personal success.

Campus-specific resources for Counseling Centers are accessible here:

Tampa Community Resources

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay brings help, hope and healing to people facing serious life challenges or trauma resulting from sexual assault, suicidal thoughts, domestic violence, financial distress or emotional or situational problems. Dial 211 to reach a counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Spring of Tampa Bay's mission is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims, and promote change in lives, families and communities. Since its founding in 1977, it has provided a safe haven and comprehensive supportive services to more than 70,000 abused adults and their children, and answered calls all hours of the day and night from well over 150,000 women in crisis. A 24-hour crisis hotline is accessible at 813-247-7233.

Pinellas County Community Resources

The Suncoast Center provides sexual assault services, educates and promotes a community attitude of sexual violence intolerance, provides a sensitive and competent coordinated response to sexual violence that makes the survivor’s needs a priority, advocates for and provides compassionate services to someone after they have been victimized by sexual assault and promotes public safety. Its helpline is accessible at 727-530-7273.

CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse) is the official domestic violence center for Pinellas County and has provided lifesaving services to women, children, and men living with domestic violence for over 40 years. Its 24/7 domestic violence hotline is available at 727-895-4912.

Sarasota County Community Resources

SPARCC (Safe Place & Rape Crisis Center) is the only state-certified center for domestic violence and sexual assault services for the Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. All of SPARCC’s services are free and confidential. Its hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 947-365-1976.

Manatee County Community Resources

Hope Family Services is a not-for-profit organization based in Bradenton, Florida (Manatee County), providing services to survivors of domestic violence. Its 24 hour helpline can be found at 941-755-6805.