What is an advocate?
Grand Valley State University offers victim advocacy to all members of the University community. The role of the Victim Advocate is to provide nonjudgmental, private support to student survivors of gender-based violence which plays a critical role in the healing process of a victim/survivor. The Victim Advocate provides private support in that they will not release personally identifiable information without consent. This means that talking with Ashley, as our Victim Advocate, DOES NOT start a formal misconduct or criminal process, unless you want to access those options. The Victim Advocate is trained to help students navigate options and services on campus and in the community.
What does an advocate do?
Advocates are available to respond to student survivors of gender-based violence with empathetic support and options. As an advocate, we can provide support over the phone or in person. Available support includes:
- Referrals to counseling and other supportive services on campus and in the community
- Education about medical options and procedures, including evidence collection
- Information about and referrals to legal advocacy, including Personal Protection Orders
- Assistance in reporting an assault to Campus Police, if you choose
- Support and advocacy in navigating GVSU sexual misconduct system, if you choose
- Support and advocacy in participating in a Title IX investigation
- Support and advocacy about academic and housing options
- Assistance for significant others and friends of victim/survivors of gender/based violence
How can I reach the advocate?
You have options, and you are not alone. Services through the victim advocate are available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. To set up a time to speak with Ashley Schulte please call 616-331-2748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If the Victim Advocate is unavailable and you need to speak to someone right away, please call GVSU Counseling Center at 616-331-3266 (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm), YWCA confidential 24-hour Crisis Hotline at 776-RAPE (7273), GVSU Police at 616-331-3255 or for an emergency dial 911.
Additionally, Ashley can be available in the North C Success Center or alternative meeting space on campus, by request.
Who can contact an advocate?
Any member of the Grand Valley State University community can contact the Victim Advocate on campus. Victim/survivors can contact Ashley or the victim/survivor may have someone reach out on their behalf.
What can you expect?
Ashley's role is to provide private support in that she will not release personally identifiable information without consent. This means that talking with the Victim Advocate DOES NOT start a formal misconduct or criminal process, unless you want to access those options.
- Call the Women's Center at 616-331-2748 and ask to speak with Ashley.
- If Ashley is unavailable, please ask to set up a time to meet with her - you are able to make an appointment without providing your name or additional information.
- When you arrive at the Women's Center for your meeting with an advocate check in with the student worker at the front desk informing them that you have a meeting schedule with Ashley. You are welcome to bring a friend/partner with you.
- You will be asked to take a seat and she will be notified that you have arrived.
- Ashley will meet with you privately in her office.