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 include:

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 programs.

  • 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.