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What to expect when you first meet with a Victim-Survivor Advocate

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Request an Appointment

When you request an appointment, someone will reach out to you within 2 business days via your preferred method of contact to schedule an intake appointment. They will offer times an advocate is available and you can pick what works best for you.


Email Confirmation

The advocate you will be meeting with will send you an email confirmation of your appointment. This email will include a link to our intake/confidentiality form that you'll need to fill out prior to your appointment. If you choose to meet with your advocate over Zoom, the confirmation email will also include a Tele-Advocacy agreement form and a link to the Zoom meeting.


A Private Talk

You and your advocate will talk about the impacts of interpersonal violence on your safety, wellness, academics and help you make a plan for how you can move forward with justice and healing.


We'll explore options

We will never tell you what to do, rather, we will explore all of the options and resources available to you so that you can feel empowered to make the decisions that work best for you.


It can be hard to know what to do to help a friend, family member or a student who has disclosed that have experienced or are experiencing interpersonal violence.  Here are a couple of considerations and resources that may provide a better understanding about what you can do that will be helpful to your loved-one.

What should I do if I know someone who needs help?


Believe the survivor.



Listen to the survivor.

Let the survivor talk and tell the story how they wish to tell it. Don't ask for any details that the survivor doesn't offer on their own. You don't need to know anything that they don't want to share.


Ask what you can do to support them.

Tell them about our office and offer to help them access our services. We can make sure the survivor knows what services, resources, and options are available to support their healing. If they are not ready to seek professional support just yet, that's entirely okay. Let them know that they should be able to decide when they are ready for professional support and that you will be available to support them if and when that time comes.


Under university policy, most university employees are required to report situations involving sexual misconduct and discrimination to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA). Some of these situations may be very personal; we respect your privacy and will protect it in accordance with University of Utah policy and FERPA. Although information about the situation may be reported to the OEO/AA, you have the right to choose to whom you speak, what you say, when you say it and what resources you use. information provided to OEO/AA is considered 'private' information and will only be shared with other appropriate university personnel on a very strict 'need-to-know' basis.

Title IX Report

Call 801-581-8365
Email, Office of Equal Opportunity

Include what has been disclosed to you. They will ensure that the person who experienced the interpersonal violence has access to their rights and resources.

**Please note that Victim-Survivor Advocates are a confidential resource, and are not required to report information to the OEO/AA.


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Lou Vigil

Victim-Survivor Advocate

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Lizvet Chavez-Diaz

Victim-Survivor Advocate


Our Office

Our Victim-Survivor Advocacy program is located in the Student Services Building. Appointments are encouraged but walk-in appointments are available. You can also contact us directly by email,

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Last Updated: 1/17/24