Victim Advocate/Violence Prevention


What does the Victim Advocate do?

  • Supports you in making your own decisions.

  • Assists with safety planning and protection orders.

  • Provides confidential crisis counseling.

  • Assists with UNL and community referrals
  • Connects to the full range of services offered by Voices of Hope

How do I contact the Victim Advocate?

  • Email morgan@voicesofhopelincoln.org

  • To schedule an appointment call (402) 472-0203

  • No appointments necessary on Tuesdays from 2pm to 6pm at the Women’s Center, 340 Nebraska Union

  • Call the Voices of Hope 24-hour crisis line at (402) 475-7273 seven days a week for confidential support and assistance.

If You Were Sexually Assaulted, YOU HAVE RIGHTS!

  • You can anonymously report your assault to Crime Stoppers (402-475-3600) or online at: www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/police/anon.htm, receive a case number to take to the hospital.

  • Evidence can be collected up to 72-96 hours after an assault. If you would to preserve evidence, don’t shower or change if possible before going to the hospital. Your clothes will probably be collected at the hospital, so you may want to bring a change of clothes.

  • Law enforcement will be notified by medical personnel if you report being sexually assaulted and do not have an anonymous case number. You are under no obligation to make a statement to police unless you are ready and willing to do so.

  • If you were intoxicated or under the influence of another substance at the time of the assault, and/or under 21 years old, you will not be ticketed until you are in possession of an illegal substance.

  • If you are worried about sexually transmitted infections (STI) or pregnancy, emergency contraceptives and STI treatments are available at Planned Parenthood (402-441-3300), your local physician, or the University Health Center for University UNL students (402-472-5000).

How to Support Someone Who Discloses Abuse:

  • Believe the survivor.

  • Let the survivor make the decision. Abusers often prevent victims from making decisions. Telling them what to do could sound controlling. Provide the individual with options & resources but leave the choice up to him/her.

  • Listen to the individual. Offer assurances like “you don’t deserve this;” “this is not your fault;” and “I believe you.”

  • Follow the survivor’s lead. Don’t ask him/her details about the assault unless they offer up the information.

  • Provide phone numbers of local resources:

    • UNLPD (University Nebraska Lincoln Police Department: (402) 472-2222

    • LPD (Lincoln Police Department): (402) 441-7204

    • University Health Center for University UNL students (402) 472-5000

    • Planned Parenthood (402) 441-3300

    • Voices of Hope 24-hours crisis line at (402) 475-7273

    • Susan Foster, J.D., UNL Title IX Coordinator, (402) 472-3417

If you have experienced relationship violence or sexual assault, it’s not your fault and you are not alone. Help is available.

Associate Director

Jan Deeds

340 Nebraska Union

(402) 472-2598

jdeeds1@unl.edu

Victim Advocate

Morgan

340 Nebraska Union

(402) 472-0203

morgan@voicesofhopelincoln.org