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Counseling and Advocacy

The Women’s Center serves as an on-campus focal point for services for survivors, their friends and families. Survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking often feel a variety of conflicting emotions and may be unsure about what to do or who to turn to. It is important to remember that the Women’s Center is here to help.

Sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment are priority concerns for the Women's Center.

Services

The Women’s Center offers the following free counseling and advocacy services to students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment:

  • Support, advocacy, and crisis intervention.
  • Individual and group counseling.
  • Support and assistance to friends and family.
  • Accompaniment to medical facilities, law enforcement, court proceedings, and university conduct hearings.
  • Information about the criminal, university, and civil options for reporting and adjudicating a crime.
  • Information about counseling options on and off campus.
  • Academic relief and other types of academic assistance.
  • Information about forensic evidence collection offered at the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center in Radford, as well as medical care resources on campus and in the community.
  • Assistance in finding safe housing if you are not safe in your own home or residence, including both on- and off-campus options.
  • Information about other campus and community resources.
  • Consultation services for faculty and staff on how to support students who disclose sexual assault, relationship violence, and/or stalking.

A note about confidentiality of services:

The Women’s Center is here to provide a safe space and will make every effort to preserve our clients' privacy.  In certain situations, information may be shared with other university departments in order to assist survivors, to provide for the safety of survivors, and/or provide for the safety of the campus community.  If you have questions about confidentiality and privacy at the Women’s Center or other university departments, please contact us for further explanation.

 

Meet the Counseling and Advocacy Team:

Sarah Kate Valatka Counseling and Advocacy Coordinator   valatka@vt.edu
Jessica Prince-Sanders Victim Advocate   jps2@vt.edu
Christine Dennis Smith   Co-Director, Services  cdennis@vt.edu
Jen Underwood  Outreach Coordinator      jwunder@vt.edu
"Dr." Delaware Therapy Dog  

How to make an appointment:

  • Call 540/231-7806 (between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday) and ask to schedule an appointment with a counselor.
  • E-mail one of the counselors listed above.
  • Come by the Women’s Center (between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday) and ask to set up an appointment.

The Women’s Center operates on the standard university schedule (open 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday except for holidays and other times the university is closed). 

 

If you have an emergency or need to speak to someone immediately and the Women’s Center is closed, please contact the Women’s Resource Center of the NRV 24 –hour hotline at 540/639-1123. 

If your safety is in jeopardy, please call 911.

 

For more information visit www.stopabuse.vt.edu or follow the links below:

What is Sexual Assault Campus and Community Resources
What is Stalking Virginia Tech policy regarding sexual assault
What is Relationship Violence Virginia State law regarding sexual assault