How can we help you?
Being the victim of a crime is a frightening and disorienting experience. In the aftermath, police investigations, court processes and navigating other areas of the criminal justice system can be confusing and intimidating. You may also need resources to help you cope with medical expenses, loss of property, or trauma. The Victim / Witness Assistance Program is a free service offered through the Division of Law Enforcement and Safety that specializes in assisting crime victims get through the incident by providing advocacy and support. Help is available 24/7. Just call 803.777.4215 and ask for a law enforcement victim advocate or email Victim Services.
Our Commitment to the Victim/Witness Assistance Program is to:
- Treat victims and witnesses with dignity and compassion
- Assist those in our community who have been victims / witnesses of a crime
- Be available 24 hours a day through our quick response program
- Increase awareness of crime prevention efforts through direct contact with victims and witnesses
- Develop new crime awareness programs for the University
- Serve as a liaison between the community, victims, witnesses and the University Police Department
- Offer advocacy and emotional support to victims and witnesses throughout the criminal justice process.
The Victim/Witness Assistance Program assists victims throughout the process of navigating the criminal justice system by: assisting with preparation for court; providing court notifications; providing transportation and escorts to court; being available to assist with support and questions as they may arise during the case; acting as a liaison between the investigator and victim.
The Program also offers assistance to victims with creating safety plans, making counseling referrals, obtaining no contact orders through the Office of Student Conduct, and beginning the process of obtaining an Order of Protection or Restraining Order if specific criteria are met.
Call anytime, day or night, to see how we can help.