Survivors of rape can make an anonymous report with the Gainesville Police Department through the website. This website, provided by Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Victim Services & Rape Crisis Center allows survivors of rape to share information anonymously. The information will be kept confidential, and survivors have the option to share as many or as few details as they are comfortable providing. The survivor is not required to identify herself or himself. Most importantly, regardless of your decision to report or not, we encourage all survivors to seek medical assistance and support services.
Advocacy and Support
- University of Florida Office of Victim Services provides a support person for any member of the campus community who has been a victim of a crime including sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Victim advocates are available 24 hours per day. They can support you by helping you access medical consultation, informing you of available legal processes, and referring you to additional support resources. You may utilize this service even if you choose not to report the crime to a law enforcement agency. Advocates can be reached directly at (352) 392-5648 during regular business hours, or by calling the University Police Department at (352) 392-1111 after hours.
- Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center provides confidential support for anyone in Alachua County who experiences a sexual assault or other criminal victimization. They may be reached at (352) 264-6760. Advocates are available to support you during medical examinations, police questioning, and during legal proceedings. This office also offers support groups for survivors of sexual assault. All services are free and confidential.
- Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network offers a wide range of services for survivors of intimate partner violence. If you call the 24 hour crisis hotline at (352) 377-8255, an advocate will be able to listen to your situation, help you assess and plan for your safety, and offer information and referral options. Additional services may include victim advocacy, support groups, or emergency shelter. Peaceful Paths advocates will not make these important decisions for you, but instead will help support you as you explore your options.
- The Source Program coordinates resources to address legal, safety, and medical concerns for low-income survivors of sexual and relationship violence. For more information about available services, call (352) 273-0805.
- University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center offers free consultation and short-term counseling for UF students. Individual, group, and couples counseling are available. Call (352) 392-1575 to make an appointment. Same-day consultation is available for urgent concerns.
- Alachua County Crisis Center provides free, confidential crisis intervention and telephone counseling 24 hours per day as well as short term face-to-face counseling during regular business hours. Either of these services can be accessed by calling (352) 264-6789.
- Not Alone: together against sexual assault
- RAINN: rape, abuse and incest national network
Other Sources of Support
U Matter, We Care is an umbrella for care-related programs and resources for students and employees. The initiative includes a program to train people to recognize the signs of distress and to provide help. It also includes a website of care-related resources, as well as a centralized phone number (294-CARE) and email address for those seeking help or wanting to help others: email@example.com.