About the Office of Victim Services 

The Office of Victim Services is here to coordinate services for students' rights: initiating contact, establish working relationships with District Attorneys' Offices, provide emergency assistance in the immediate aftermath of a crime, provide continuous support to minimize associated trauma, facilitate participation in the criminal justice system, and the university's process. 

What a Victim Coordinator can do to help:

  • Provides contact with victims of crimes and personal tragedy, either in the immediate aftermath of the crime or on a follow-up basis
  • Provides immediate crisis intervention and initial emotional support as needed and provides information on counseling available for long or short- term assistance
  • Assist the student in developing a safety plan
  • Ensures that victims are aware of their rights under the State of Tennessee Crime Bill Rights
  • Act as a liaison between the victim of a crime and any legal services which are rendered to address their needs, including accompanying to court hearings, the filing of protection orders, attending law enforcement interviews, and the composition of a Victim Impact Statement, etc. (at the student's request)
  • Assist with completing an application for victim compensation (if applicable)
  • Remain knowledgeable and current on victim laws
  • Develop and maintain a positive and productive working relationship with other members of the Police Department staff to provide higher quality and complete support services for the victims of crime through a teamwork approach
  • Maintain a professional and positive rapport with the District Attorney's Office and their victim assistance personnel and programs
  • Maintain a professional and positive rapport with other law enforcement agencies
  • Provide training to officers, advocates and the community regarding victim rights

Free & Confidential Services 

What you share with a victim coordinator is confidential and will not be shared without your permission.

A victim coordinator is mandated to report shared information if:

  • An intention to harm oneself or another is disclosed; or
  • There is a suspicion of child abuse or neglect.