Survivor Advocacy Services
Persons may report power-based violence (sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment) to the University’s Survivor Advocacy Services, which are part of the Transformation Project’s efforts to address sexual misconduct and relationship violence on campus. An advocate’s role is to:
- serve as a primary option for reporting sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment
- utilize a victim-centered approach to create a support network for survivors and focus on minimizing the trauma experienced by survivors in a sensitive and proficient manner
- assist survivor access to support resources including accommodations, and inform the survivor of the right to report a crime to campus or local law enforcement and provide the survivor with assistance if the survivor wishes to do so
- collaborate with the Title IX Coordinator’s and/or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator’s after a report of sexual misconduct and relationship violence to ensure contact with and support of the survivor
- coordinate and implement a safety plan and accommodations
- answer questions about the University’s policies, procedures, or programs concerning power-based violence
- provide the survivors with referrals to community resources
- advocate for the survivor during any law enforcement investigation and ensuing criminal proceeding.
A member of Survivor Advocacy Services may be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling UTCPD at (423) 425-HELP (4357) and requesting the advocate on-call.
Staff members acting as advocates for Survivor Advocacy Services have partial confidentiality. They are required to report only general information about the incidents of power-based violence such as the nature, date, time, and general location of the incident and will take care to avoid reporting personally identifiable information about a survivor. Advocates will consult with the survivor regarding what information needs to be withheld to protect their identity.