Victim's Advocate Network (VAN)

The General Function of the Victim’s Advocate Network (VAN) is to enhance the feeling of safety, and promote the welfare of our campus community through support and connection among employees. The Victim’s Advocate Network (VAN) is established and maintained by the VAN Volunteer Coordinator reporting to the Captain of Support Services under the direction of the Chief of Police, and shall respond, along with the designated on-site Victim’s Services Appointee, to crimes that are mandated through the Texas Criminal Code, the Texas Family Code and the Texas General Code :

  • Victims of Sexual Assault (includes an offense under Section 21.02, 21.11(a)(1), 22.011 or 22.021, Penal Code.)
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Trafficking of Persons
  • Injury to a Child, Elderly or Disabled Individual or
  • Who has suffered Personal Injury or Death as a result of the criminal conduct of another

In addition, Victim’s Advocate Network volunteers may be asked to respond to other incidents on campus where individuals are in distress and, at the responding officer’s discretion, would benefit from psychological first aid and facilitation of connection to other on campus services such as the Employee Assistance Program, Title IX Office, Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution Officer, Human Resources, University Health Services, Campus Climate Response Team, Office for Inclusion and Equity, Student Emergency Services, Occupational Health, Faculty or Staff Ombuds, or other offices or personnel that are appropriate to the situation.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for VAN, please fill out all applications and submit them to Deborah Sharp at deborah.sharp@austin.utexas.edu.

Forms and Applications