The Wellness Resource Center

Violence Prevention

Violence Prevention

Violence Prevention

VCU is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment free from sexual violence. For those who have experienced sexual violence, VCU offers care and support and encourages them to seek this help as soon as possible. The VCU community can contact the VCU Police Department (which offers the You Have Options program),  VCU Health System Forensic Nurse Services (through the Emergency Department), and for students, Student Health Services and University Counseling ServicesEquity and Access Services serves as the Title IX office for VCU and coordinates the university’s response to reports. Students can explore, in a confidential setting, available options based on individual circumstances, by contacting Advocacy Services through University Counseling Services at MyOptions@vcu.edu.


“I Don't Know Where to Start?”

If you are or someone you know is in immediate danger or feels unsafe, call VCU Police at 804-828-1234.

It is normal for a student to seek help or not know if they want to report an incident of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, gender-based harassment and/or stalking. Students can notify Equity and Access Services, which serves as the Title IX office for VCU, or VCUPD to engage the university or criminal reporting process, which could result in an investigation. Every student has the right not to report to the Title IX or law enforcement if they do not want the incident to be investigated.

Confidential Support Options

Confidential advocacy means any information shared with advocates, including that you sought services, will not be shared with others without your consent.[1]  

University Counseling Services provide confidential advocacy services to students that request assistance and support.

What does an advocate do?

  • Help survivors determine their own needs in regards to their physical and emotional health, reporting options and academic concerns.
  • Identify and connect survivors to campus and community services.
  • Provide information about personal safety, boundaries and relationships.
  • Provide accompaniment to important appointments (court, hospital, and police) and support throughout the process.

[1] However, Virginia law requires us to appropriately share information if you disclose risk of harm to yourself or others, or if you disclose abuse against a child or dependent older adult.