Gender Violence: Overview
When you or someone you care about has experienced gender-based violence, you have options for where to seek information and support. Our staff has prepared the pages in this section of our site to share key information they've found to be useful for many people in the days and weeks after gender-based violence occurs. Navigating these pages will help you get familiar with essential information and will point you toward good sources for ongoing support and further information related to sexual assualt, intimate partner violence, stalking, or harassment.
Long-term Education & Advocacy Efforts
If you are interested in learning more about the big picture or becoming involved in advocacy and prevention efforts, we suggested exploring these options.
For UVA students:
- Learn about student organizations working on prevention, education, and advocacy on the Hoos Got Your Back website.
- Consider applying to be an intern with our Gender Violence & Social Change program here at the Women's Center.
For anyone in the Charlottesville area, volunteer with one of these local organizations:
For everyone, everywhere, you can help by following issues related to education and advocacy at the local community, state, and national levels. Stay informed about current issues and express your support for education and advocacy efforts by:
- following education and advocacy organizations in your area (Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance works state-wide here in Virginia)
- contacting your legislators (quick look-up tools make it easy to enter your home address and find your state and federal legislators' contact information)
- participating in opportunities for the public to comment on relevant policies and resources (online or at public meetings)
- submitting letters to the editor of the publications you read
Remember that advocacy for marginalized groups is relevant, too, as members of those groups are vulnerable to all sorts of power-based violence - and they face additional challenges in accessing the resources that survivors need.