Victim Empowerment Program

The Victim Empowerment Program (VEP) provides free, confidential assistance to FIU students, faculty, staff, and university visitors who have been victimized through threatened or actual violence. Utilizing trained Victim Advocates, VEP supports the healing process of survivors of violence and provides information about response and ongoing support options.

The center seeks to enhance safety and promote healthy relationships by sponsoring awareness activities, prevention education, peer education, and collaborating with university officials. Through clinical practice and research, the VEP aims to contribute to the body of knowledge and influence public policy regarding issues related to victimization.

  • 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