Survivor Advocacy Services is housed in the Center for Women and Gender Equity on the UTC campus. We provide both education to the campus community and advocacy to all students, staff and faculty who are survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Survivor Advocacy Services utilizes a victim-centered and trauma-informed approach to create a support network for survivors. We also focus on minimizing the trauma experienced by survivors in a sensitive and proficient manner.
When Can I Access an Advocate?
Regardless of when an assault occurred or when the dating/domestic violence/stalking began, Survivor Advocacy Services is here to serve you and help you make informed decisions. Survivor Advocacy Services is committed to creating safe spaces for survivors of all races, religions, sexual orientations and genders.
What is limited confidentiality?
Staff members acting as advocates for Survivor Advocacy Services have limited confidentiality. They are required to report only general information about the incidents of gender-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.
Survivor Advocacy Services has an advocate on-call 24 hours a day to provide:
- Crisis Intervention
- Safety planning
- Medical accompaniment
- Court accompaniment
- Referrals to on campus and off campus resources
- Serve as a resource to help survivors understand the University process
- Requests for leniency
- Coordination of safe housing
- Academic Accommodations*
*Some accommodations may need to be approved through the Title IX Office. Please consult with your advocate about the resources available.
If you need assistance, please call the Center for Women & Gender Equity at 423-425-5648 during regular business hours to schedule an appointment or to speak with an advocate.
For assistance after-hours, call The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Police Department at 423-425-4357 and ask to speak to the victim advocate on call. You are not required to give any identifying information.