Sexual and Domestic Violence Services at the Center works to educate
the community about intimate violence, to support survivors, and to
empower everyone to resist abuse.
Sexual and Domestic Violence Services
The SDVS Mission
Sexual and Domestic Violence Services (SDVS) educates students,
staff, and faculty at the University of Virginia about intimate
violence and its impact on our community. We provide support to
survivors of these crimes, work to strengthen the University’s
responses and policies so that all victims are treated fairly and
appropriately, empower women to resist abuse, and empower men to
embrace their role as allies in this work, so that the violence comes
to an end.
*For extensive information about the many forms of sexual
misconduct (including rape, sexual assault, domestic and intimate
partner violence, and stalking) as well as the numerous resources
available at the University and in the local community, please consult
the University's new Sexual Violence Education and Resources website.
Advocacy, Support, Guidance and Activism:
Sexual and Domestic Violence Services offers resources to help those
in need and to support those who want to get involved. These
Advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner
violence, stalking and adults abused as children, their friends and
their families: guidance, support, advocacy with law enforcement and
other representatives of the criminal justice system, referrals to
counselors with expertise in this area, attorneys and victim-witness
Survivor Emergency Fund: A fund, raised by U.Va. students for U.Va.
students, to fill gaps when the need arises. May be used to pay
for medical bills, travel and hotel (so parents may to come to
Charlottesville during a SMB trial, for example), or any other
financial crises that may arise as a result of a sexual assault or
domestic violence situation.
Resource library of books and videos.
Survivor Support Network: a "web" of trained faculty, staff,
administrators, graduate assistants and undergraduate student leaders
grounds-wide who have been trained in basic understanding of these
issues as well as appropriate sources of help both on and
off-grounds. Training workshops are offered year-round, including
Personal Development workshops through Human Resources.
Educational programs for student organizations, classes, and
employee groups on the dynamics of sexual and intimate partner violence:
- how to support friends, co-workers, and family members who are facing these issues;
- how to be a smart consumer of media's images of gender violence; and
- how to reduce the frequency of gender violence by learning how to
be an active bystander using effective and safe intervention strategies.
Public events, including nationally-known speakers, arts events,
panel discussions and more, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
(October), and Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (April),
as well as other high-profile events during the year.
Internship opportunities for undergraduates who are interested in this issue (see the WC Intern page for details)
Gender Violence (EDLF 5500-019) a 3-credit course offered each Spring semester.
Where is the SDVS Office?
We are located in the U.Va. Women's Center in The Corner Building at 14th Street and University Avenue.
P.O. Box 800588
University of Virginia
Charlottesville VA 22908-0588
Director of SDVS: Claire Kaplan email@example.com, 434-982-2774
Wealth of Resources:
Sexual and Domestic Violence Services has a wealth of resources to
help those in need and to support those who want to get involved.
If you were raped, sexually assaulted, are being abused in a relationship or stalked, click here.
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