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The Victims Advocate Network (VAN) is a cadre of UT staff and faculty volunteers trained in Mental Health First Aid and Victim Advocacy who hold on-call shifts for response on campus to any persons on campus (staff, students, or visitors) who experience or witness a crime or distressing event. VAN Volunteer Advocates work in close collaboration with the UT Police Department in response to campus community members in need of this form of support. In addition to Mental Health First Aid, Victim Advocacy, and practical support, volunteers also provide immediate linkage to campus and community resources to victims served for ongoing support and trauma mitigation.
Launched in January, 2019, nearly 20 dedicated UT staff have joined VAN in service to the campus community, with over 70 community members supported by VAN in that time. The network continues to grow, and we invite you to attend an informational session where you can learn more about VAN and how to become involved!
If you are interested in more information on how you can support your fellow community members with VAN, please join us at the UT Police Department (Parking in Manor Garage,) or contact the VAN Coordinator, Marica Kelley, at email@example.com.
Tuesday, February 4 at 9:00am to 9:45am
UPB, Training Room 2201 Robert Dedman Drive