The NC State Women’s Center has trained advocates who support survivors of interpersonal violence (relationship violence, sexual assault, stalking, etc.) in understanding their options and navigating healing and recovery. The NC State Women’s Center serves ALL NC State students and we welcome students of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations.
Services include accompaniment to court, student conduct hearings, law enforcement agencies, and medical services; crisis intervention and emotional support; academic and housing accommodations; resource navigation and referrals; financial support; reporting options; and safety planning.
Students can access services by coming to the Women’s Center (5210 Talley) 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, by calling the 24/7 Sexual Assault Helpline at 919-515-4444, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet with an Advocate
If you or someone you know is dealing with interpersonal violence, know that you are not alone. The Women’s Center has trained advocates who regularly work with survivors of relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking. We see you, we hear you, we believe you.
We know that survivors of interpersonal violence may be dealing with a range of emotions, as well as academic and physical stress. Our trained advocates are here to listen and help survivors understand all of their options whether on campus or off. Advocates are able to help survivors navigate the reporting process on campus, connect them to resources, and make referrals on their behalf.
What can an advocate help me with?
- Understanding your options and rights
- Making referrals to on- and off-campus resources
- Obtaining a restraining order or no contact order
- Reporting to Title IX and/or police
- Acting as your support person with Title IX and/or police, during court and student conduct hearings, or if/when you receive medical care
- Helping with academic and housing accommodations
- Assisting you in identifying coping mechanisms during healing and recovery
- Supporting you in creating a safety plan
- Offering financial support to cover expenses related to interpersonal violence
Meeting with an advocate can be simple. Contact us at the 24/7 Sexual Assault Helpline: 919-515-4444 or email us at email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
Tips for Supporting Survivors
Tips for dealing with disclosure of interpersonal violence:
- Believe the survivor and tell them so.
- Do not blame the survivor for the assault. Be careful of your non-verbals as well as verbals.
- Just listen.
- Do not take control of the situation. Let the survivor make their own decisions about things like getting evidence collected, reporting, or getting help.
- Know your resources; offer to walk a survivor over to the Counseling Center if they need to talk to someone confidentially.
- Let the survivor recover at their own pace–know this may take weeks, months, or years.
- Do not ignore your own feelings, but do not let them overshadow the feelings of the survivor.
Things that are always up to a survivor:
- Whether or not to disclose their story to you or anyone else.
- Whether to use the term “victim” or “survivor” when describing themselves.
- Whether or not to report to the police.
- Whether or not to have evidence collected (rape kit).
- What resources to us, if any at all.
- What their healing path will look like.
Women’s Center Survivor Fund
The NC State Women’s Center Survivor Fund provides for immediate and unforeseen needs that arise as a direct result of a student experiencing interpersonal violence. Funds can be used for (but are not limited to) medical care, counseling/therapy, legal assistance, loss of employment, transportation, and/or relocation expenses.
- Be a current NC State student or have been enrolled as an NC State student at some point during the semester in which support is sought;
- Be a survivor of interpersonal violence (i.e. rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking, etc.); and
- Request assistance from the fund within one year of incurring the expense. Note: the length of time between incident and application does not matter.
Applicants may request up to $500 per incident of interpersonal violence, and a maximum of $1000 (two separate incidents) during their time at NC State. Submission of an application does not guarantee
Survivor's Bill of Rights
All survivors of interpersonal violence have the following rights as stated by the Federal Campus Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights:
- Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
- Survivors and the accused shall be informed of any outcome of a disciplinary hearing.
- Both parties must have the same opportunity to have others present in a disciplinary hearing (ie witnesses, an attorney, an advocate).
- Survivors shall be notified of counseling services that they may utilize.
- Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.