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What is an advocate?
The victim advocate at Grand Valley State University is a professional staff person who has participated in extensive training on trauma informed care and on supporting victim/survivors. Their role is to provide nonjudgmental, private support to student survivors of gender-based violence. Advocates will not release personally identifiable information without consent. Their role is to help students navigate options and services on campus and in the community. Access to an advocate after gender-based violence can play a critical role in the healing process of a victim/survivor.
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, they can provide private support over the phone or in person. Available support includes:
When can I call an advocate?
You have options, and you are not alone. Services through the campus advocate are available Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. To set up a time to speak with an advocate call the Center for Women & Gender Equity at 616-331-2748. If the Center is closed and you need to speak to someone right away, please call GVSU Counseling Center at 616-331-3266, YWCA private 24-hour Helpline at 616-454-YWCA (9922), GVSU Police at 616-331-3255 or for an emergency dial 911.
Who can call an advocate?
Any Grand Valley State University community member can call an advocate. Victim/survivors can call on their own, or someone can call on their behalf.
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: