Interpersonal Violence Advocacy Services

ADVOCACY SERVICES

 Women’s Center staff advocates provide confidential support to survivors of sexual and relationship violence including stalking. Services include crisis counseling, academic/housing advocacy, accompaniment to court, student conduct hearings, and law enforcement agencies, and referrals to other services on campus or in the community.. Students can access services by coming to the Center 9am-5pm Monday-Friday or by calling the 24-hour Relationship & Sexual Violence Phone (RSVP) Line: 919-618-RAPE (7273).

Advocates are available to provide confidential crisis intervention, emotional support and referrals to students affected by sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking.   We provide information about academic, legal, medical, emotional, and student conduct resources.  We also offer support to secondary survivors, such as intimate partners, friends, family, and you.

Advocates are available Center from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.  Outside normal business hours, an advocate can be reached by calling the 24-hour Relationship and Sexual Violence Phone (RSVP) Line at 919.618.RAPE(7273).

All information shared with advocates is confidential unless the person is a danger to themselves or someone else.

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What Do Advocates Do?

* Advocates are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist victims of all genders, and any family or friends to cope with the physical, psychological and legal aftermath of sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking.

* Advocates can provide information about the victim’s choices for getting medical care and/or having evidence collected. Advocates can also accompany a victim to the hospital, Student Health or the Solace Center at Interact  if she or he would like

* They can explain the process of reporting the assault to the police and can go with the victim to the police station if they decide to file a report. They can also let the victim know about the University’s Student Conduct system if the perpetrator is a student.

* Calling for an advocate does not obligate reporting anything to the police, except when there is a significant public safety concern.

Advocates can meet students at the Women’s Center or at another agreed upon campus location, such as a residence hall or office.

Who are the Advocates?

During business hours, advocates are Women’s Center Staff who have lots of experience working with survivors.  After hours, RSVP Line advocates are volunteers (students, staff and faculty) who complete an extensive training program. They understand the complexity of the aftermath of  and interpersonal violence can assist students in making decisions and obtaining resources.  The RSVP Line can be reached by calling 919.618.RAPE(7273).