Survivor Support & Advocacy
The University of Virginia takes gender-based violence seriously and provides support and information to survivors, friends and families of survivors, and the University community.
We're here to help you when you need it.
Beyond our counseling team, a few additional members of our staff are designated as Confidential Advocates. Visit the Confidential Advocates page of this site to learn more about these staff members who are here to assist survivors of sexual assault who come into the Women's Center in search of resources or help.
We're here to help you support a friend, colleague, or loved one that has been affected by gender-based violence.
It's hard to know what the right thing to do is when someone confides in you that they are a survivor of gender-based violence. We understand that and want to make sure you have the resources that can help you best offer support to your friend, loved one, or colleague that is affected by gender-based violence. Learn more about how to help a friend.
Want to become an ally to survivors of gender-based violence, but not sure where to start? Learn about our Survivor Support Network Training and join a cross-Grounds network designed to make visible the dedicated support for victims that exists at the University. Trainings are available for faculty, staff, and now students. Visit our calendar for information on the next training, or contact Claire Kaplan to schedule a department or organization training.
We work to change the culture on Grounds around gender-based violence.
Our undergraduate interns on the Gender Violence and Social Change team here at the Women's Center work closely with staff to facilitate important dialogues about sexual assault and gender-based violence through year-round programming. Check out our calendar and see what this team has coming up!
We aren't the only ones on Grounds working on this issue. Our staff works closely with the Office of the Dean of Students, Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, and student groups like One Less and One in Four to provide support for broader initiatives and insight on what students need most.