Victim-Survivor Advocacy

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


Request An Appointment Here

Currently, our Victim-Survivor Advocates only offer virtual appointments. We will be happy to meet with you over the phone or video-conferencing (Zoom), whichever you prefer.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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SERVICES WE PROVIDE


Victim-Survivor Advocates provide free, confidential and trauma-informed support services to students, faculty, and staff who have experienced interpersonal violence (i.e. domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and rape, sexual harassment, stalking, etc.)

We believe in empowering you to make informed decisions around your healing and justice. We will assist you in navigating any resources, processes, and/or services that feel relevant and helpful to you.

Education

Learning about how trauma impacts your wellness can be very empowering for survivors. Our advocates are trained trauma professionals and can help you understand how it may be impacting your mind, body, and spirit.

HOW TO HELP A FRIEND, COLLEAGUE, OR STUDENT


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?

1.

Believe the survivor.

Period.

2.

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.

3.

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.

Additional resources:


MANDATORY REPORTING


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 oeo@utah.edu, 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.

WHO WE ARE


Ellie Goldberg

Asst. Director of Advocacy and Victim-Survivor Advocate
 egoldberg@sa.utah.edu

Ellie Goldberg

Asst. Director of Advocacy and Victim-Survivor Advocate
 egoldberg@sa.utah.edu

Benta Opiyo

Victim-Survivor Advocate
 bopiyo@sa.utah.edu

Benta Opiyo

Victim-Survivor Advocate
 bopiyo@sa.utah.edu

Mahalia Lotz

Victim-Survivor Advocate
 MLotz@sa.utah.edu

Mahalia Lotz

Victim-Survivor Advocate
 MLotz@sa.utah.edu

Sam Zizumbo

Victim-Survivor Advocate Intern
 vzizumbo@sa.utah.edu

Sam Zizumbo

Victim-Survivor Advocate Intern
 vzizumbo@sa.utah.edu

Maureen Meyer

Victim-Survivor Advocate Intern
 mmeyer@sa.utah.edu

Maureen Meyer

Victim-Survivor Advocate Intern
 mmeyer@sa.utah.edu

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, advocate@sa.utah.edu.

ADDRESS & CONTACT INFORMATION

201 S. 1460 E., Student Services Building
Room 328, SLC, UT 84112

Campus Location- SSB 328

801.581.7776
advocate@sa.utah.edu

HOURS

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm (closed on University Closure Days)

For after hours assistance:
Emergency: 911 or go to your nearest emergency room
Rape Recovery Center 24 hour Crisis Line: 801.467.7273
UNI Crisis Line: 801.587.3000
Domestic Violence Link Line: 800.897.5465
Stalking Helpline: 800.621.4673

Ask an Advocate

If you would like to ask the advocates a question, click here! Free and confidential. Questions will be answered within 2 business days.

Ask an Advocate

If you would like to meet in person please email advocate@sa.utah.edu.
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