The University of Vermont provides confidential advocacy and support to members of the UVM community who are victims or bystanders of:

  • Sexual assault or rape
  • Violent or potentially violent relationships
  • Gender-based stalking
  • Sexual harassment
  • Physical,  emotional or mental assault
  • Bias-related incidents
  • Hazing
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Other related types of victimization

Beginning Fall 2021, Campus Victim’s Advocacy services are now provided through the Center for Heath and Wellbeing as a way to link these services more closely to the supports offered by CHWB. Advocacy support is provided by HOPEWorks, the leading crisis counseling and advocacy agency in Chittenden County, and it's trained advocates through a formal agreement with UVM.  Services are available to students of all genders, sexual orientations, and other identities, as well as to UVM faculty and staff.

Services

Campus Advocacy

Campus advocacy takes a variety of forms and can include: 

  • Free and confidential support in person, virtually or by phone, both on and off-campus
  • Connecting you to counselors specially trained in addressing trauma-related to sexual violence, relationship violence, or stalking.
  • Connecting you to appropriate medical care, including sexual assault nurse examinations
  • Assisting with securing appropriate safety measures, such as relief from abuse orders / restraining orders, and personal safety planning
  • Providing information and referrals about support systems and processes available at UVM and in the community immediately after an incident and/or for aftercare  
  • Liaising with the AAEO Intake and Outreach Coordinator to implement supportive measures to meet survivor's needs, including addressing academic or housing relocation needs. 
  • Providing personalized support and accompaniment to medical care, legal services, AAEO and conduct proceedings, and other forms of appointments as needed.
  • Support for family and friends.

Survivors Space

Survivors Space is a student-generated drop-in space supported by Counseling and Psychiatry Services that welcomes all genders, sexualities, and identities in a group setting. For more information click here

If you know someone who has experienced sexual violence

Supports are available to friends and family as well as survivors. 

The Campus Victim’s Advocate can:

  • Provide information about how to help.
  • Discuss available resources on campus and in the Burlington community.
  • Provide emotional support for you as you process the impact of this harm.

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Contact

HopeWorks

24/7 phone hotline: 802-863-1236
On-campus appointments with advocates can be made by using this same number.
Chatline: https://hopeworksvt.org/