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Victim Services

UPD’s Victim Services Division is available to assist crime victims and their family members manage the aftermath of a violent crime. Call us at 512.245.2805 to speak with an officer.

If you’ve experienced a crime, you have rights and resources. Below we list university services, other local resources and the rights that you have in Texas.


Resources at Texas State

Organization/Service Number
Organization/Service
University Police Department (nonemergency line)
Number
512.245.2805
Organization/Service
Texas State Student Health Center
Number
512.245.2161
Organization/Service
Texas State Counseling Center
Number
512.245.2208
Organization/Service
Alcohol and drug use counseling
Number
512.245.3601
Organization/Service
University Legal Advisor
Number
512.245.2370
Organization/Service
Multicultural Student Affairs
Number
512.245.2278

Local Resources

Organization Number
Organization
Alcoholics Anonymous
Number
512.396.2060
Organization
Attorney General’s Office, Child Support Enforcement
Number
800.252.8014
Organization
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Victim Services Division
Number
800.848.4284
Organization
Central Texas Legal Aid
Number
800.369.9270
Organization
Community Action (variety of social services)
Number
512.392.1161
Organization
DHS Child Protection Division, Child Abuse Hotline
Number
800.252.5400
Organization
DHS Child Welfare
Number
512.438.4800
Organization
Hays-Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Cenikor)
Number
512.396.7695
Organization
Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
Number
512.396.HELP (4357)
Organization
Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, Children’s Advocacy
Number
512.396.7276
Organization
Hays District Attorney’s Office, Victim Protective Order Division
Number
512.393.7600
Organization
Hays District Attorney’s Office, Victim Services Division
Number
512.393.7617
Organization
People Against Violent Crime
Number
512.837.7282
Organization
Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
Number
888.628.9454
Organization
Reproductive Health (San Marcos Community Health Services)
Number
512.392.5816
Organization
Scheib Center (mental health and developmental disability services)
Number
512.392.7151
Organization
Southside Community Center
Number
512.392.6694
Organization
Suicide Hotline (Hays County)
Number
877.466.0660
Organization
Suicide Hotline (national)
Number
800.273.TALK (8255)
Organization
Texas Advocacy Project (abuse prevention and assistance)
Number
800.374.HOPE (4673)

Texas Crime Victim Rights

A victim of a violent crime is: someone who is the victim of sexual assault, kidnapping, or aggravated robbery or who has suffered bodily injury or death because of the criminal conduct of another; the close relative (spouse, parent, brother/sister, or adult child) of a deceased victim; or the guardian of a victim. As a victim of violent crime, close relative of a deceased victim, or guardian of a victim, you have the following rights:

  1. The right to protection from harm and threats of harm arising from cooperation with prosecution efforts.
  2. The right to have your safety and that of your family taken into consideration when bail is being considered.
  3. If requested, the right to be informed about court proceedings, including whether they have been canceled or rescheduled.
  4. If requested, the right to information about procedures in the criminal investigation of your case by law enforcement, and about general procedures in the criminal justice system, including plea bargaining, from the prosecutor’s office.
  5. The right to provide information to a probation department conducting a pre-sentence investigation on the impact of the crime.
  6. The right to receive information about the Texas Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund, which provides financial assistance to victims of violent crimes and, if requested, referral to social service agencies that may provide additional help.
  7. If requested, the right to be notified of parole proceedings by the Board of Pardons and Paroles, to participate in the parole process, and to be notified of the inmate’s release.
  8. The right to be present at all public court proceedings, if the presiding judge permits.
  9. The right to be provided with a safe waiting area before and during court proceedings.
  10. The right to prompt return of any property no longer required as evidence.
  11. If requested, the right to have the prosecutor notify your employer of the necessity of your testimony that may involve your absence from work.
  12. If requested, the right to counseling and AIDS/HIV testing for victims of sexual assault.
  13. The right to request victim-offender mediation coordinated by the Victim Services Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
  14. The right to complete a victim impact statement detailing the emotional, physical and financial impact the crime has had on you and your family, and to have that statement considered by the judge at sentencing and by the parole board prior to taking any parole action.

Source: adapted from the Texas Attorney General’s victim rights information.