The Department of Public Safety provides support services for the victims of sensitive crimes to include hate crimes, sexual assault, assaults, robberies, relationship violence, and stalking. The department has a law enforcement advocate who works cooperatively with the DPS Detectives, Office of Student Life, Psychological Services, and Human Resources to ensure individuals are knowledgeable about their options for safety. The unit also coordinates events and programming that serves to raise awareness about such sensitive crimes. DPS offers self-defense and various safety programs for all students and staff. We can also direct you to the many victim service providers that are available in the State of Rhode Island.
A trained law enforcement advocate (non-police position) is available to provide post-crisis support to persons who report they have been a victim of a crime. Services available include:
* Victim advocacy and support
* Individual and workplace safety-planning
* Review of RI victim rights, related law, legal definitions of crimes, and relative legislation
* Provide transportation and accompaniment to local courts, Providence Police Department, and Attorney General's office as necessary
* Provide resource information, as well as referrals to external agencies servicing victims of crime, and their families in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
* Explain options and procedures for reporting
* Explain protective orders, court procedures, as well as steps involved in criminal prosecution
* Assistance with obtaining protective orders
* Domestic Violence & Stalking Awareness Sessions
*Silent Storm "Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking: The Impact on the Workplace Workshop
* Self-defense training for women and men
These services are available to staff, faculty, and students. Individuals who wish to become more informed about any of the aforementioned areas, or would like develop an individualized plan for safety, are welcome to also make an appointment.
Please note: Those who seek our services are NOT required to file a police report.
For more information about these services, please call Michelle Nuey at 401-863-2542.
Department Detectives play an integral role in providing support for crime victims at Brown. DPS Detectives are available to assist a community member with filing a criminal complaint and will provide a full overview of the option prior to moving forward. Detectives will also facilitate any necessary communications with other municipal agencies to include the Providence Police Department. Please call the DPS Detective Division at (401)863-5292 or (401)863-9956 for more information.