There are many ways that you can help a peer UNC student who has been a victim of interpersonal violence (IPV), including sexual assault, abusive relationships, or stalking. Whether you are a friend, classmate, roommate, or Resident Assistant, your support of a Carolina student who experiences IPV can help that person heal as well as achieve success in his/her/hir academic career.
For immediate help:
Choosing any option does not prevent individuals from accessing other options. There are many options of support, and a survivor’s decisions may change over time. Please know that all support and response services will be sensitive to the needs and privacy of each individual survivor.The University can provide help and support. Students can seek assistance from the University through the Office of the Dean of Students or the Deputy Title IX/Student Complaint Coordinator (Ew Quimbaya-Winship, email@example.com, 919-843-3878) and the Title IX Coordinator (Howie Kallem, firstname.lastname@example.org). Both the Office and the Dean of Students and Ew Quimbaya-Winship can assist students seeking interim protective measures such as University-based no contact orders, changes in housing or class schedules, and other measures designed to promote the safety and well-being of students. These measures are available regardless of whether a student reports their experience to law enforcement or seeks to pursue any additional action. The University will always respect the privacy of a student and address a student’s concerns in a manner that honors his/her needs and preferences. However, there may be circumstances when there is a danger to the broader campus community that require additional action beyond interim measures. In these cases the University will proceed with care and will take all reasonable measures to protect the student and all involved. For a list of additional on campus support and resources (including the LGBTQ Center and the Carolina Women’s Center), please click here. To download a brochure, please click here: Response Resources Options Brochure 2014.
Confidential resources can help. If you’re not sure if what someone you know has experienced is interpersonal violence or want to talk confidentially about what to do next, call:
How you can help:
It is also important to note that having a friend who is raped, abused, or assaulted can be a very upsetting experience. For this reason it is also important that you take care of yourself. Even if your friend isn’t ready to talk to the Office of the Dean of Students or a hotline advocate , you can get support for yourself. You can also get ideas about ways to help your friend through the recovery process here on the website or in HAVEN training.
If you’d like to get involved to prevent interpersonal violence from happening on our campus, consider being HAVEN trained, One Act trained, attending campus events on IPV or joining a student group working to end interpersonal violence, such as Project Dinah. Learn more about preventing IPV at Campus Health’s webpage or accessing relationship resources for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
Adapted from RAINN.org