Gender-based violence (GBV) is a priority concern for the Women's Center.  GBV includes but is not limited to sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and harassment.

Services

The Women’s Center offers the following free counseling and advocacy services to students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by GBV:

  • Support, advocacy, and crisis intervention.
  • Individual and group counseling.
  • Support and assistance to friends and family.
  • Accompaniment to medical facilities, law enforcement, court proceedings, and the university's Title IX investigations and conduct hearings.
  • Information about the criminal, university (Title IX), and civil options for reporting and adjudicating a crime.
  • Information about counseling options on and off campus.
  • Academic relief and other types of academic assistance.
  • Information about forensic evidence collection offered at the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center in Radford, as well as medical care resources on campus and in the community.
  • Assistance in finding safe housing if you are not safe in your own home or residence, including both on- and off-campus options.
  • Information about other campus and community resources.
  • Consultation services for faculty and staff on how to support students who disclose sexual assault, relationship violence, and/or stalking.

Working Through Trauma: A Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence

The Women’s Center is offering this safe space combining education and support to foster survivors' recovery and the development of effective coping skills.  Open to female-identifying VT undergraduate students. *

  • Tuesdays @ 4-5PM, October 3rd--December 12th, 2017

Pre-registration is required.  For more information, contact Becca at 540-231-7806 or becca03@vt.edu.

* Please note that this group is not appropriate for someone in crisis.  If you are in crisis, please call the WRCNRV Hotline at 540-639-1123.  If you or someone you know has bee a victim of sexual violence, confidential resources are available to you. 

A note about confidentiality of services:

The Women’s Center is here to provide a safe space and will make every effort to preserve our clients' privacy.  In certain situations, information may be shared with other university departments in order to assist survivors, to provide for the safety of survivors, and/or provide for the safety of the campus community.  If you have questions about confidentiality and privacy at the Women’s Center or other university departments, please contact us for further explanation.

The Women's Center is considered a "confidential resource" under Title IX and is not required to make a Title IX report to the university.

 

Meet the Counseling and Advocacy Team:

Traci Terry Gender-based Violence Advocacy Coordinator  Email Traci
Jessica Prince-Sanders Assistant Director of Advocacy Services  Email Jessica
Katie Mey Gender-based Violence Prevention Coordinator  Email Katie
Christine Dennis Smith   Co-Director, Services  Email Christine
Becca Brown Victim Advocate  Email Becca
"Dr." Ellie Therapy Dog  

How to make an appointment:

  • Call (540) 231-7806 (between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday) and ask to schedule an appointment with a counselor.
  • E-mail one of the counselors listed above.

The Women’s Center operates on the standard university schedule (open 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday, except for holidays and other times the university is closed).  

If you have an emergency or need to speak to someone immediately and the Women’s Center is closed, please contact the Women’s Resource Center of the NRV 24 –hour hotline at (540) 639-1123. 

If your safety is in jeopardy, please call 911.

 

For more information visit www.stopabuse.vt.edu or follow the links below:

What is Sexual Assault Campus and Community Resources
What is Stalking Virginia Tech policy regarding sexual assault
What is Relationship Violence Virginia State law regarding sexual assault

Phone: (540) 231-7806
Fax: (540) 231-6767

Announcements & Upcoming Events:

  • Did you know there are 24 dedicated lactation spaces on campus?  Click here to find out more!
  • Are you interested in reserving space at the Women's Center?  Click here to submit your request.
  • KIDS' NIGHT OUT!, Thursdays @ 6-8:30PM, Women's Center (every Thursday night of the semester except when the university is closed or there is a home football game)
  • The Women's Leadership & Mentoring Program (WLMP) is undergoing a thorough program review during the 2017-18 year.  The program will resume in 2018-19.  Thank you so much for your interest.
  • SEPT 15th & 18th, SAVES Interviews
    SEPT 23th, 30th & OCT 20th, 9AM-3PM, SAVES Mandatory Training
  • SEPT 19th @ 4-6PM, Owens Banquet Hall, Welcome Reception for New Women Colleauges (to RSVP visit here)
  • SEPT 28th @ Noon-1:30PM, The Inn at VT, AdvanceVT/Women's Center Leadership Lunch featuring speaker Rachel Holloway, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs (to RSVP visit here)
  • OCT 3rd @ 4-5PM (and every Tuesday through December 12th), Women's Center, Working Through Trauma Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Violence, 4-5PM, Women's Center
  • OCT 6th @ Noon, North End Center, MeFirst! Fridays: Making Your Job Work for You" (To register, visit the UOPD website, click "Register Now" and search for "MeFirst! Fridays")
  • OCT 17th @ 7PM, Fralin Auditorium, Through Feminist Eyes feat. Dr. Shannon Elizabeth Bell, Associate Professor of Sociology, "Fighting Fire with Fire: Fossil Fuel Industries and the Gendering of Public Relations Strategies"
  • NOV 8th @7PM, Fralin Auditorium, Through Feminist Eyes feat. Dr. Ashley V. Reichelmann, Assistant Professor of Sociology, “Using Magic to Reimagine Womanhood: Gender, Witchcraft, and Identity Politics”