Victim Advocate Program
If you or someone you care about has been the victim of a crime you may need to talk with someone confidentially about your options. It is normal to experience a broad range of emotions including fear, confusion, anger, guilt, frustration and a sense of loss.
The primary role of the Victim Advocate is to provide emotional support and assistance to the victim or a witness of a crime. The Victim Advocate provides crisis and short term counseling as well as assistance with any problems victims or witnesses may experience because of the crime itself or as a result of the victimization. The Victim Advocate can assist the victim with impact statements, crime compensation forms, and provide verification of medical, court or administrative appearances to proper faculty and staff. The Victim Advocate maintains detailed confidential records.
This project is supported by VOCA-2019-Tallahassee Community Col-00468 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs. Sponsored by Tallahassee Community College and the State of Florida.
What We Offer
The Victim Advocate provides services to any student who is the victim of actual or threatened crime, on or off campus, and even if it happened prior to arriving at TCC, to family and friends of students who are victimized and to any person who is victimized on our campus or by a TCC student or employee.
Advocacy Services, including, but not limited to:
- Emotional Support
- Short-term Crisis Intervention Safety Planning
- Accompaniment through medical and legal process
- Assistance in filing Victim Compensation and other related forms
- Academic support and other letters of support
- Information and Referrals
- Communication with relevant law enforcement and legal personnel
- Educational Materials
- Presentations and Campus Outreach
Who is Eligible to Receive Services?
You are eligible to receive our services if you are:
- Tallahassee Community College Student, Faculty/Staff
- TCC University Partners (including Flagler College, Saint Leo University, and Thomas University)
- TCC Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Education Development (GED)
- Ghazvini Center for Healthcare Education
- Florida Public Safety Institute
Educational Materials and Presentations
The Victim Advocate Program provides educational materials and presentations to classrooms, campus organizations and clubs, athletics, TCC faculty/staff departments, etc.
To request a presentation, please contact the Victim Advocate at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or (850) 201-6241
Appointments and Referrals
You can schedule an appointment via phone at (850) 201-6241 or email at email@example.com. The Victim Advocate Program may receive referrals from Law enforcement, TCC Faculty/Staff, and other community partners.
Walk-ins always welcome.
Hours, Location & Contact
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
after hours available by appointment
TPP Building, Entrance 141 (across from parking garage). Room 140
TCC Victim Advocate Contact:
Meet the Staff
Michelle Tibbits-McClellan, CA
Michelle Tibbits-McClellan is a Nationally Credentialed Advocate at the Advanced Level. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology with a minor in Juvenile Justice at Florida State University and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology. She is also a member of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and The Florida Crisis Response Team. Michelle has over 18 years of experience advocating for victims of crime, working with children and adults. She has worked in child welfare, at a detox facility, inpatient psychiatric facilities and children’s advocacy center providing various services which included forming safety and risks assessments, providing case management services, crisis intervention, advocacy within the legal system and conducting forensic interviews.
Federal law (Title IX of the Educations Amendments of 1972) requires TCC to ensure an educational environment free from sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence. If an employee at TCC becomes aware of an incident, he or she must report to the Title IX Coordinator. The Victim Advocate Program is confidential and is exempt from this reporting but can help you file a report if you choose.
For more information on complainants’ rights in the Student Code of Conduct, call us at (850) 201-8430
Florida Statute 960.001 outlines victims’ rights in the criminal justice system. For more information, visit: leg.state.fl.us/statutes
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Justice policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write the Florida Department of Legal Affairs, Federal Discrimination Complaint Coordinator, PL-01 The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-1050, or call 850-414-3300, or write Office for Civil Rights, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20531 or call 202-307-0690 (Voice) or 202-307-2027 (TDD/TYY). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may also contact OCR through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 (TTY), 877-877-8982 (Speech), or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).