Crime traumatizes everyone involved, starting with the victims. A variety of support systems may be needed to cope with the physical, emotional, financial and legal consequences of victimization.
Led by Lt. Rochelle Berrios, the Vanderbilt University Police Department Office of Victim Services provides a support person for every victim of crime at Vanderbilt. We work to protect the rights and dignity of crime victims by providing them with support, referrals and advocacy in a compassionate, proactive and empowering manner.
The Victim Services Coordinator can provide support for victims of actual or threatened violence. We are available in conjunction with police services or as a stand alone support service. A crime victim does not have to file a formal police report on a crime to access the services of the Victim Services Coordinator.
What we do:
- Work with a victim and available resources to develop a safe plan when a victim or officers feel there is a safety concern;
- Accompany and support victims of crime through all medical and counseling issues and legal matters including court hearings, the filing of protection orders, law enforcement interviews, composition of a Victim Impact Statement, line-ups, depositions, etc.;
- Provide emotional support to the victim while they seek to address their thoughts and feelings that arise as a result of being victimized;
- Act as a liaison between the victim of a crime and any legal, medical, and/or counseling services which may be needed to address their needs; and
- Ensure that victims of crime receive fair treatment in accordance with the State of Tennessee’s Victim’s Bill of Rights.
Your Rights as a Victim:
- The right to confer with the prosecutor about your case.
- The right to be free from harassment, intimidation and abuse throughout the criminal justice system.
- The right to be present at all proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present.
- The right to be heard, when relevant, at all critical stages of the criminal justice process as defined by the General Assembly.
- The right to be informed of all proceedings, and of the release, transfer or escape of the accused or convicted person.
- The right to a speedy trial or disposition and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction or sentence.
- The right to restitution from the offender.
- The right to know about each of these rights established for victims.
For More Information Contact:
Victim Services Coordinator (615) 322-7846