Victim/Survivor Advocates assist survivors of interpersonal violence navigate resources and find support so they can heal after experiencing trauma.
Ellie Goldberg and Darrah Jones are certified victim advocates and can be reached at 801-581-7776, firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting their office Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Student Services Building, Room 328. Their services are free and confidential.
As victim advocates, it is our goal to make the University of Utah a safe, survivor-friendly environment for all. We do this by focusing on providing students, faculty and staff with the resources and support they need to take steps after experiencing interpersonal violence of any kind. This includes, but is not limited to, dating and domestic violence, sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault and rape.
It is our job to present all the options and information to someone who has experienced sexual or relationship violence, and then to support whatever decision they make going forward.
- We can help explain what certain processes look like. Examples include how to file a complaint to the university, what a forensic examination would be like if a victim wished to have one (steps that would be taken in an investigation, etc.).
- We can connect the student with counseling resources, support groups and academic withdrawal and tuition reimbursement, if the student’s experience has impeded his or her ability to perform well during the semester.
- We can help the student get classes moved around or take action to help survivors feel safe.
- We work with the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action to ensure that these adjustments can be made for survivors on campus.
We are here to support whatever steps survivors believe will be best to take in order to thrive after experiencing trauma. This ties back to our victim-centered approach. We are here to make sure that the survivor knows every option and resource they have. Our services are free and confidential. This means what you tell us stays with us.
If you have experienced sexual or relationship violence and want to seek help, contact an advocate. We are a confidential resource, not mandated to report. You can reach us at 801-581-7779 or by emailing email@example.com. We are also available in our office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Student Services Building, Room 330.
As students and members of the community at the University of Utah, we can help end gender-based violence on campus by becoming educated on the issues. We must unlearn rape myths, such as the belief that rapes are committed by strangers or that alcohol excuses or justifies sexual assault. Myths like these protect the rapist and create an environment where survivors aren’t supported.
Knowing the facts help our community become less tolerant of gender-based violence and more supportive of survivors. This will help survivors feel more comfortable seeking out services and reporting sexual assaults. If you would like to request a presentation about the facts surrounding gender-based violence and what we can do as a community to prevent it, contact the Center for Student Wellness. Additionally, if you are interested in learning skills to prevent and intervene when you see harmful situation, you can participate in our free Bystander Intervention Trainings. To reserve a space, visit stepinspeakup.com.