COVID-19 UPDATE

Victim Advocacy services are still available to students. Please call 616-331-2742 or e-mail Krystal directly at dielkrys@gvsu.edu 

In person meetings will be available by appointment only after July 6th. Meetings can also be held over phone or video conferencing. 

This can be an incredibly difficult and isolating time for victim/survivors. We are here to support you.

Victim Advocacy at Grand Valley State University

Victim Advocate: Krystal Diel (She/Her/Hers)
Office Address: 1201 Kirkhof Center - located in the Center for Women & Gender Equity
Phone: 616-331-2748
Email: dielkrys@gvsu.edu

As the victim advocate, I am here to support you. Experiencing violence, whether it is sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and/or harassment can be incredibly difficult. Victim/Survivors are of all backgrounds: ages, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, faiths, ages, abilities, etc. Know that I believe you and that you are not alone. On this website, you will find a plethora of resources and options. It is ALWAYS your choice to choose what options are best for you. You are the expert on your story. My job is to listen to your story, provide you with options and resources, and support you with whatever choices you make. As a private resource on campus, you do not have to report to law enforcement to meet with me. My door is always open and I am here for you. 

 

Victim Advocate

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 Krystal, 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 victim/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, including evidence collection
  • Support with Personal Protection Orders
  • Assistance in reporting to the police, if you choose
  • Navigating university resolution processes, if you choose
  • Support with academic and housing options
  • Assistance for friends of victim/survivors

How can I reach the advocate?

 Services through the victim advocate are available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm in the Center for Women and Gender Equity (1201 Kirkhof).  To set up a time to speak with an advocate, please call 616-331-2748 or email Krystal at dielkrys@gvsu.edu. 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) or reach out to one of our Co-Advocates. You can call also connect with YWCA confidential 24-hour Helpline at 616-454-YWCA (9922), GVSU Police at 616-331-3255 or for an emergency dial 911.

Additionally, the Victim Advocate can meet in 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 the advocate directly or the victim/survivor may have someone reach out on their behalf. 

What can you expect?

Advocates provide private support. This means that talking with an advocate DOES NOT start a formal judicial or criminal process unless you want to access those options. To set up a time to speak with an advocate,  you can expect the following:

  1. Call the Center for Women & Gender Equity at 616-331-2748. A student worker will the answer the phone. 
  2. Inform the student worker that you are a GVSU student and that you would like to set up a time to meet with the victim advocate to discuss a "private matter." You have control over whether or not you share your name or any other information. 
  3. Based on your availability you will work with the student worker to be scheduled to meet with an advocate as soon as they are available Monday-Friday between 8am-5pm. 
  4. When you arrive at the Center for Women & Gender Equity for your meeting with the advocate check in with the student worker at the front desk informing them that you have a meeting schedule with an advocate - You may bring a friend/partner with you. 
  5. You will be asked to take a seat and the advocate will be notified that you have arrived.
  6. An advocate will show you back to their office where you are able to share with an advocate as they are a private resource.