UHS Victim Advocacy & Survivor Services
Victim Advocacy & Survivor Services provides confidential support to student victim/survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking. These services are available to UW-Madison students at no cost. You are not alone and we believe that survivors are experts about their own experiences and healing.
Our Services include:
- Information and referral
- Emotionally supportive listening and non-judgmental response to your experiences
- Drop in, no-appointment needed services are available when classes are in session
- Support and consultations to family, friends, and university employees about their own feelings and questions about supporting survivors
- Learn more about UHS victim advocacy services to explore if you’d like to join a support group or take part in counseling and case management services
- Referrals to and information about campus and community services, including reporting options and confidential support
- Information about and assistance in changing academic, living, transportation, and working situations
- Referrals to low-cost and pro bono attorneys who are informed about criminal and campus disciplinary proceedings
- Information about criminal processes, campus policies and procedures, how to petition for a restraining order, and victim rights
- Emotionally supportive counseling and case management
- Ongoing, individualized emotional support and coordination of care for survivors as part of their healing process
- Support in working towards short- and long-term healing goals
- Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or scheduled as needed
- Our counseling is provided by highly trained victim advocates with Master’s degrees but is not mental health treatment
- UHS Violence Prevention and Survivor Services does not have a session limit or cap on services for students
- Support groups
- Weekly, confidential support groups facilitated by trained victim advocates for UW-Madison survivors. Click above for more information about our current offerings!
- Advocacy and accompaniment
- When requested by survivors, our staff are available to attend appointments (i.e., medical, legal, campus disciplinary hearings) with student survivors to provide them with support and advocate on their behalf when appropriate.
- If you have an upcoming court date, meeting with a campus official as part of an investigation, or reporting to law enforcement, you have the right to have a victim advocate with you.
Confidential means that—as allowable by law—the information survivors share with our victim advocates will not be shared to law enforcement, campus authorities, parents, or any other person without the explicit written permission of the student victim/survivor. Read the UHS statement on confidentiality for victims of sexual violence here.
Learn more about the role of victim advocates.
The UHS Violence Prevention and Survivor Services unit does NOT operate a 24-hour crisis line, provide on-call services, offer diagnosis or prescribe medication, provide treatment for mental health diagnoses, or provide legal advice.