Victim Intervention & Prevention


Elena TorresElena M. Torres, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
Victim Advocate, UHV Victim Intervention & Prevention (VIP) Program
University Counseling Center, UH Victoria Rm 132, West Bldg (Victoria) 361-570-4141

Elena grew up in various Latin American countries, attending bilingual schools before coming to the US for her higher education. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana in 1981. Elena attended Indiana University School of Social Work in Indianapolis and graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work in 1989. She moved to Wichita Falls, Texas and worked at a couple of inpatient facilities assisting adults and adolescents with psychiatric problems and with drug and alcohol issues. Elena then spent three years working for the US Air Force in a program where she provided intervention and counseling services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In 1994 Elena moved to Victoria, worked as a medical social worker for two years, and then went into private practice at New Beginnings Counseling Clinic, where she developed a reputation for very effective work with victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. After this Elena worked in several VISD elementary schools to help at-risk children, and was hired by Mid-Coast Family Services in 2001 to do drug and alcohol intervention for adolescents in several high schools. She was promoted to Director of Journey to Recovery, a women’s outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program, and in 2003 was put in charge of the Family Violence Program, where she remained until 2010. Then Elena worked at Crown Hospice in Victoria as a medical social worker. She is now the UHV Victim Advocate, providing intervention and prevention services for students who are affected by the crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Dr. Hege RiiseHege Riise, Ph.D.
University Counseling Center, UH Victoria
Rm 132, West Bldg (Victoria) 361-570-4194

Hege grew up in Norway and came to the US as an exchange student in high school and later for college. She attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Master’s and doctoral degrees in Adult Clinical Psychology. Hege completed her psychology internship at New Mexico State University Counseling Center and her post-doctoral fellowship at Arizona State University Counseling Services. Hege recently moved to Victoria and started working at UHV Counseling Center in November 2012, where she provides counseling, consultation and outreach services to UHV students.

Hege has a background working with a wide range of concerns. Her professional interests and specialties include anxiety and mood disorders, trauma resolution, multicultural issues, substance use concerns, LGBTQA issues, interpersonal concerns, body image and eating concerns, and clinical supervision. She takes an integrative approach to her work using both interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral approaches.

Donna Lutz
Senior Secretary
University Counseling Center, UH Victoria
Rm 132, West Bldg (Victoria) 361-570-4135

Donna is the Senior Secretary for the UHV Counseling Center. She joined in May 2014.