What is Student Victim Assistance?

Posted On September 11, 2019
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Help is available to Georgia State University students that have been impacted by crimes or have been victimized. It can be difficult to reach out for help so here are some common questions.

 What are common types of victimization?

Defining, or naming, what happened makes an experience real to people, if it did not seem real before. It can be empowering to a survivor/victim to know more about the crime (e.g., sexual assault, robbery, hazing, retaliation, discrimination, identity theft), what to expect after the episode, and what laws and university policies may apply to the crime.

 What are the options for student survivors/victims?

The goal of Student Victim Assistance at Georgia State University is to encourage and support students through a difficult time in their lives and provide information and resources, so that students are able to make knowledgeable choices when they are comfortable doing so. Student Victim Assistance believes allowing students to make their own decisions rather than pushing them into making certain decisions is the best way to help them regain the sense of power and control lost during victimization when they had no control.

 What is the Role of a Victim Advocate?

Victim advocates are professionals trained to support victims of crime after a victimization.  Advocates offer victims information, emotional support, and help find resources.  They also may assist filling out paperwork at the request of the victim. Advocates’ responsibilities vary depending on their job description and where they work (National Center for Victims of Crime, 2008).

Typically, the role of an advocate at Georgia State University includes:

  • Providing information on student’s legal rights and protections
  • Referring the student for other services for survivors/victims
  • Helping students with safety planning

How can I find out more information about victimization and advocacy at Georgia State University?
Student Victim Assistance offers confidential advocacy, support, and campus resources. Also, provides outreach and programming to further educate the campus and community about personal safety, crime prevention, sexual assault, domestic violence, healthy relationships, and consent. Contact Monique Massey, Senior Coordinator of Student Victim Assistance for more information on advocacy at Georgia State University.