Call for Help

Survivor Services: Advocacy

General Information

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What do advocates do?

  • Use self-determination/empowerment approaches
  • Provide information, options and resources
  • Support immediate needs
  • Provide non-clinical validation and emotional support (not formal therapy/counseling services)
  • Offer assistance with navigating systems

How do UHS advocates and RCC advocates work together?

Students can choose to receive advocacy services through UHS Survivor Services and/or the Rape Crisis Center. RCC advocates currently respond to all Forensic Nursing Exams at UHS and Meriter Hospital. Some students may prefer to work with a University staff member (UHS advocate) and some may prefer to work with off-campus community resources (RCC advocate). Services are similar, but scheduling offerings vary.

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What services do UHS Survivor Services advocates provide for survivors?

UHS Survivor Survivor Services advocates provides confidential victim advocacy services to all students at UW-Madison. Services include referrals, information about survivor rights, accommodations, accompaniments, consultations, and assistance related to brief intervention.

What are your hours of operation?

Monday-Thursday 8:30am-4:00pm

Friday from 8:30am-12:00pm

RCC advocacy services are available outside of these hours 24/7.

Services

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Accommodations

  • Academic accommodations for courses
  • Housing, workplace, and financial accommodation requests
  • Support with speaking to professors, faculty, supervisors, housing, landlords, etc. about needs

Information About Victims’ Rights

  • Information about on- and off-campus resources and confidential/non-confidential resources
  • Education around campus, legal, medical rights and service options
  • Information about restraining orders

Brief Intervention

  • Empowering survivors to identify their goals and needs
    • Teaching & incorporating coping skills 
    • Safety planning
  • Emotional support & validation

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Accompaniments

  • Accompaniments when reporting to police
  • Accompaniments to campus meetings, investigations, and conduct hearings
  • Accompaniments to legal meetings, court, etc.
  • Emotional support when attending medical appointments 
    • Note: UHS advocates do not currently respond to Forensic Nurse Exams at UHS or Meriter. The RCC dispatches advocates to be present at these.
  • Information & preparation around different processes and appointments 

Resources and Referrals

  • Direct referrals within UHS Survivor Services (mental health and medical)
  • Connecting to community agencies (DAIS, RCC, and identity-specific organizations)
  • Outreach and trainings about services are available to students/staff upon request

Consultations

  • Coaching for UW-Madison staff about how to support student survivors and responding in a 
  • trauma-informed manner
  • Coaching for friends and family about how to support survivors in their lives 
  • Support for survivors around how to share or disclose information with others 
  • Preparing and educating friends & families of survivors about what to expect with campus processes 
  • Outreach and trainings about resources

Scheduling an appointment

Phone

608-265-5600 option 3

Self-Schedule

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