Many individuals have found the Office of Victim Services (OVS) to be a good starting point for getting the help they need when they have been a victim of a crime.
The OVS provides a safe, private place for individuals who have questions or concerns about sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, domestic violence, and any other crime.
A professional victim advocate is available to provide emotional support and help you meet your immediate needs by:
- Arranging referrals for medical care, including obtaining a sexual assault exam, pregnancy and STD testing, and emergency contraception.
- Acting as a liaison to address any concerns with academics or campus services.
- Discussing options for reporting to campus safety or local law enforcement.
- Developing a safety plan and obtaining Orders for Protection.
- Providing referrals to counseling or support groups on campus and in the community.
- Helping family and friends understand how to best support their loved one who has been victimized.
OVS will provide you with options and resources to make informed choices and will support and empower you to make the decisions you feel are best for your situation.
Victim advocates are confidential professionals but may be required to report any statements indicating serious harm to one’s self or others.
For anonymous or confidential reporting options for incidents related to sexual assault or violence, click the following link: Submit Your Concern.
Once you click on the button marked "Submit Your Concern", choose "Office of Victim Services" in the concern category menu.