RISE Student Support Services
Respect, Integrity, Support, Empowerment
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grant was funded to implement intervention and education programs for incoming students and University faculty, staff and campus safety units. The grant will focus on reducing domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on college campuses as well as encourage adoption of comprehensive and coordinated responses to these crimes. Additionally, outreach programming, training and resources will be provided for victim safety, offender accountability and prevention. We have partnered with the local Victims Assistance Center.
The Victims Assistance Center provides service to all individuals in our community who are impacted by violence or crime through advocacy, education, and emotional support. The mission of the Victims Assistance Center is to assist and provide direct services to victims/survivors of violence and crime in Jefferson County.
You are not alone! The RISE program is here to help anyone who has experienced dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking navigate service options and make informed decisions. We strive to create a community free of violence and oppression while promoting inclusion and safety for all. We provide consultation/referral as well as support services. Our services are free and private. We are here for you.
The mission of RISE is to develop effective culturally-relevant campus-based programming that builds upon strong campus and community partnerships with the goals of strengthening services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and promoting multifaceted prevention strategies within the campus community.
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Is recognizing a potentially harmful situation or interaction and choosing to respond in a way that could positively influence the outcome.
Occurs when one person voluntarily agrees to the proposal or desires of another.
Dating violence is another form of domestic violence. The Violence Against Women Act defines dating violence according to the relationship between the abuser and victim. Dating violence is committed by a person in a social, romantic, or intimate relationship with the victim. The existence of such relationship is determined using the following factors:
- The length of the relationship
- The type of relationship
- The partners frequency of interaction
Definitions of domestic violence recognize that victims can include anyone, regardless of socioeconomic background, education level, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. Domestic violence was formerly referred to as wife abuse. However, this term was abandoned when the definition of domestic violence was changed to reflect that wives are not the only ones who can fall victim to domestic violence. The definition of domestic violence now recognizes that victims can be:
- Sexual/Dating/Intimate partners
- Family members
Many people think that a victim of domestic violence can only obtain a protective order against their spouse. This is actually a myth. Most states allow victims of abusive cohabitant lovers to obtain protective orders (also referred to as temporary restraining orders or emergency protective orders). Some states allow victims of abusive adult relatives, roommates, or even non-cohabitating partners to obtain protective orders. The laws in each state are different, so check the most updated laws in your state.
Sexual assault is a crime motivated by a need to control, humiliate and harm. Perpetrators use sexual assault as a weapon to hurt and dominate others. Sexual assault is forced or coerced sexual contact without consent. Consent is the presence of a clear yes, not the absence of a no.
Is the act or crime of willfully and repeatedly following or harassing another person in circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to fear injury or death especially because of express or implied threats
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- U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
- Victims Assistance Center
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Katie CorbinProject Coordinator, Office of Violence Against Women
Office Location: Enrollment Services, 6-010B Monday & Tuesday
Remote Office: Wednesday – Friday (please email/call to set up teleconference appointment)
Destiny WalkerCampus Advocate
Office Location: McVean Building- Student Life, 4-100C In office Monday
Remote Office: Tuesday – Friday (please email/call to set up teleconference appointment)