Advocacy

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a priority concern for the Women's Center. GBV includes but is not limited to sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment.

The Women’s Center offers the following free counseling and advocacy services to students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by GBV:

  • 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 the university's Title IX investigations and conduct hearings.
  • Information about the criminal, university (Title IX), 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.

The Women's Center is considered a "confidential resource" under Title IX and is not required to make a Title IX report to the university.

Meet the Counseling and Advocacy Team

Traci Terry Gender-based Violence Advocacy Coordinator  
Jessica Prince Assistant Director of Advocacy Services  
Katie Mey Gender-based Violence Prevention Coordinator  
Christine Dennis Smith   Co-Director, Services  
Becca Brown Victim Advocate  
"Dr." Ellie 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.

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: