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Gender-based Violence (GBV) Support

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 advocacy-based support services to students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by GBV:

  • 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 Women's Center 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

All advocacy-based support services will be offered virtually this semester Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. You can either call or email us to schedule a Zoom meeting with an advocate.

  • Call 540-231-7806 and ask to schedule an appointment with a advocate.
  • E-mail and one of our advocates will respond as soon as possible.

The Women’s Center 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 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.

Meet the Support and Advocacy Team

Staff Member Title
Shannon Alford Advocacy Coordinator
Katie Mey Assistant Director, GBV Prevention
Christine Dennis Smith Co-Director, Services
Traci Terry Assistant Director, Advocacy Services
Muriel Vinson Advocacy Coordinator

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.

Staying Safe at Home During COVID-19

The Women's Center and Hokie Wellness understand that home is not always a safe place for everyone.  Click here to find information and resources for prioritizing safety in the home during the current COVID-19 restrictions.

During this time of worldwide crisis, trauma survivors need more support than ever.

Click here to learn about ways to manage trauma symptoms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

For more information visit or follow the links below: