Victim Empowerment Program

The CAPS Victim Empowerment Program (VEP) provides free, confidential crisis assistance to FIU students who have been victimized by threatened or current violence. Trained, trauma-informed Victim Advocate Clinicians support the healing process of survivors of violence by providing information about treatment options, supporting advocacy and case management choices made by survivors, and offering a range of counseling services.

The program seeks to enhance student safety and promote healthy relationships by supporting university partners through awareness activities, prevention education, and collaboration with university officials. VEP integrates trauma-informed care principles in all aspects of our services.

  • Make an appointment

    Students can receive direct crisis services from Victim Empowerment Advocate Counselors by calling VEP main number: 305-348-2277 (CAPS).

    When you call please be careful to listen to the instructions. For more information about appointments and walk-ins, visit:

  • In case of emergency VEP crisis/after-hours

    Please call our 24-Hour hotline 305-348-2277 (CAPS) to speak with a licensed clinician if you need of immediate services.

    VEP after-hours direct crisis services include on-site response, accompaniment to Rape Treatment Center, assistance accessing safe shelter for domestic violence and help with basic needs. Follow-up appointments to support student’s recovery are arranged. 

    If you experience an emergency, call police as follows:

    On-campus FIU emergencies

    MMC: 305-348-5911 or BBC: 305-919-5911

    Off-campus emergencies


    National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline - Call 988