Services to Students

Washburn University Victim Advocate

Victim Advocate: Molly Steffes-Herman
Office location: Benton Hall 408B
Phone: 785-670-1415
Email: molly.herman@washburn.edu

Washburn University offers confidential advocacy to all victims of crime in the Washburn community.

What is a Victim Advocate?

The Washburn University Victim Advocate is a trained professional hired to support victims of crime by advocating on their behalf, offering assistance in navigating the criminal justice system, providing emotional support, or simply sharing crime victim rights and reporting options.  The Victim Advocate offers these confidential services free of cost to all Washburn University and Washburn Tech students, staff, and faculty.

What does "Confidential" mean?

The Victim Advocate is a confidential person on campus to whom you can talk and ask questions.  “Confidential” means that you are able to speak openly about your experiences. Crimes disclosed to the Advocate will not be reported to law enforcement or the University.  The Advocate will only disclose information you provide with your permission. There are certain limitations to this confidentiality, however. They include Court and other legal proceedings in which records are subpoenaed; if you suggest you intend to harm yourself or others; and suspected abuse and/or neglect of children and elderly. In addition, if the Advocate suspects a safety risk to the campus community, she is required to report it to campus authorities.

What does a Victim Advocate do?

The Victim Advocate may provide a variety of services including assistance with the following:

  • Information on victim rights
  • Information on reporting options
  • Accompaniment to medical assistance
  • Safety planning
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Emotional support
  • Assistance filing protection orders
  • Referral to campus and community resources

Who can contact the Victim Advocate?

Anyone in the Washburn community is encouraged to contact the victim advocate if they feel they need assistance. Even if the crime victimization you experienced happened away from campus or many years ago, you are still welcome to contact the Advocate.

Who can receive services from the Victim Advocate?

Services can be accessed by anyone who has experienced a crime victimization or has been impacted by a crime.  Examples of crime victimizations include

  • Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Violence
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Hate and Bias crimes
  • Robbery
  • Theft

What can you expect from the Victim Advocate?

When meeting with the victim advocate you can expect to receive empathy, compassion, and confidential support.  


This grant project is supported by subgrant number 17-VOCA-58 awarded through the Federal Office for Victims of Crime as administered by the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication, program, or exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Kansas Governor or the U.S. Department of Justice.