We provide free, comprehensive victim advocacy services to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus who have been impacted by crime, violence, or abuse.
We offer support, crisis intervention, options, information, referrals, practical assistance, and educational programs. We inform our clients of their options and potential outcomes and empower them to make the best decision for themselves. Although reporting to law enforcement or university administrative offices is presented as an option, we will never force a client to report.
Advocates are available 24 hours a day to assist clients by phone or respond to the scene of a crime. To contact an advocate anytime day or night, call (407) 823-1200. We provide crisis counseling and emotional support in the aftermath of victimization.
Information and Referral
To empower clients to make informed decisions, advocates help clients explore their rights and options and provide information about the civil, university, and criminal justice systems. We provide referrals to on and off campus resources as needed.
Practical Assistance & Advocacy
When requested by clients, advocates act as liaisons to professors, family members, friends, employers, landlords, creditors, and other service providers. Advocates assist with filing injunctions for protection, provide transportation to court appearances and other required appointments, and offer additional practical assistance related to the victimization.
Meet Our Team
All of our staff members are professional Victim Services Practitioners. The Florida Office of the Attorney General created the Practitioner Designation standard in 1995 in order to assure a professional level of education and knowledge for victim services providers. To maintain this designation, ongoing advanced training--to include seminars, workshops, and conferences--is required. Each staff member has completed training through the UCF Safe Zone Allies program.
With Victim Services since 2002, Christine holds her Master’s in Criminal Justice from UCF and is an Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies. She is the Regional Coordinator for the Florida Crisis Response Team, a State Sexual Assault Response Team advisory board member, a State Sexual Violence Prevention team member, and Past President of the Florida Network of Victim Witness Services. She collects dragons, UCF Pottery, and art glass. She spends her weekends walking her three dogs—two Boxers and a Miniature Schnauzer!
A team member since 2012, Coretta is a proud UCF alum and holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Conflict Management. She loves sports and reading. Her favorite place to go is the beach. She prescribes herself ice cream and good music whenever she’s having a tough day. She enjoys working with people, and it is her absolute goal to make you smile!
Christey has been with Victim Services since 2008. With a client-centered focus, she is particularly experienced with high risk relationship abuse and stalking cases, as well as injunction preparation. A nationally certified first responder and instructor, Christey volunteers with the American Red Cross and serves as the office medic. She is an avid gardener, witty little knitter, Hello Kitty collector, and LARP. She is married to an amazing man and has three boys at home!
Lauren began working with Victim Services in 2014. She is a fellow Knight, earning her Bachelor’s in Sociology. Lauren started her career in advocacy as a volunteer at a domestic violence shelter and is committed to ending the cycle of violence. She is a die-hard UCF football fan, and even named her dog Knightro! She loves spending time with her niece, binge watching Netflix, and discovering all the things Orlando has to offer.
UCF Victim Services is a member of the Florida Network of Victim/Witness Services, the Collegiate Victim Services Network of Florida, the National Organization for Victims of Crime, the National Organization of Victim Assistance, the Victim Services Coalition of Central Florida, the Orange County Domestic Violence Taskforce, the Seminole County Domestic Violence Taskforce, and the Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Taskforce.