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CARES Program for Survivors of Violence

Support for Survivors of Violence

The CARES (Campus, Advocacy, Resources, and Education) Program for Survivors of violence offers advocacy and support services to students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by experiences such as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking/harassment and many other forms of violence.  

What is Advocacy?  

Non-clinical interventions which provide both emotional and practical support strategies for coping with the impact of violence. Examples of the CARES Program services include:   

  • Trauma-informed, advocacy-based, short-term counseling and crisis management
  • Support and assistance for friends, family, and other impacted individuals 
  • Information about forensic evidence collection, also known as a PERK, and other medical care resources
  • Assistance finding safe housing 
  • Information about counseling options on-campus and in the local community
  • Academic support 
  • Consultation services for faculty and staff about how to support students who disclose sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and/or any other form of gender-based violence
  • Information and accompaniment to the following University proceedings: 
  • Title IX investigations/meetings
  • Student Conduct meetings 
  • Information and accompaniment to the following Criminal/Civil proceedings:
  • Reporting to law enforcement 
  • Criminal court proceedings
  • Obtaining protective orders 

The CARES Program does NOT give legal advice or serve as advisors in student conduct hearings, but can provide referrals to legal and advising services.

Scheduling an appointment 

To meet the needs of our community, our support and advocacy services will be offered in-person and virtually this semester. Our services are available Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM. To schedule a meeting with an advocate:  

  • Email and one of our advocates will respond as soon as possible during normal business hours.  
  • Call 540-231-7806 for more information

The CARES Program operates on the standard university schedule. We are open Monday through Friday, 8AM–5PM, except for holidays and other times the university is closed.  

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

If your safety is in jeopardy, please call 911.

A note about confidentiality of services

The CARES Program 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 CARES Program or other university departments, please contact us for further explanation.

The CARES Program is considered a "confidential resource" under Title IX and is not required to make a Title IX report to the university.

Meet the CARES Program Staff

Staff Name & Email Title Bio Page
Paige Bik Assistant Director, Prevention Paige
Rebecca Jarvis Assistant Director, Advocacy Services Rebecca
Christine Dennis Smith Co-Director, Advocacy Services Christine
Sarah Wickwire Advocacy Coordinator Sarah
Bailey Williams Advocacy Coordinator Bailey

Survivor Support Group

A support group for survivors of sexual trauma. All survivors are welcome to attend. First meeting is Wednesday, January 24. Group will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00PM. If interested, please email Sarah Wickwire or Taylor Oliphant for further information.