University of Colorado Victim Assistance Portal

Information for New CU-Boulder Students

While it’s hard to imagine bad things happening when you are starting college, like any large community, we too sometimes have people experience life disruptive or disturbing events.  We know that students are more likely to tell each other first when they need help, so we’ve compiled this list of basic information so you can be a resource for whoever may need it.

The Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) offers free confidential information, support, advocacy, and short-term counseling to students, faculty and staff at CU, including their significant others.  OVA is a separate office, not connected to the police department.  Our office primarily focuses on situations involving traumatic events, including, but not limited to physical assault and hazing, bias motivated incidents, death, discrimination and harassment including sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, serious accidents, sexual assault, and stalking.  We can help people learn about resources and assess their options in these situations.

We are able to support and consult with people as they make their way through systems, and we refer to and collaborate with campus and community resources who also work with these issues.  We talk with people who want to help friends or significant others who are experiencing these situations.  We collaborate with other offices on campus as well.

We can talk about academic or work questions, medical questions, reporting questions, counseling and informational questions.To send a general question to our office:  assist@colorado.edu

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What does the Office of Victim Assistance Do?

Watch a short video of Jessica Ladd-Webert, LPC, talk about what the Office of Victim Assistance does. The video was created by Community Health, a division of Wardenburg.  

How to Help a Friend in a Difficult Situation — Sexual Assault

 

Watch a short video of Jessica Ladd-Webert, LPC, talk about how to respond to someone who has had an unwanted sexual encounter.

 

What is a bias motivated incident? 

Watch a short video of Sarah Williams and Ruchi Malhotra talk about what is a bias motivated incident, and resources, support and information from Office of Victim Assistance, the campus and community. 

Stalking Awareness

Watch a short video of Jessica Ladd-Webert, LPC, talk about what the Office of Victim Assistance does. The video was created by Community Health, a division of Wardenburg.

How to Help a Friend in a Difficult Situation — Death

 

Watch a short video of Jessica Ladd-Webert, LPC, talk about how to respond to someone who has lost a loved one.

 


Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) Non-discrimination Statement

The Office of Victim Assistance values diversity and inclusion. We support students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The Office of Victim Assistance shall maintain and promote a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status. We acknowledge that culturally relevant trauma services is an ongoing process of learning that begins by looking within ourselves and honoring basic human rights. As individuals and as an agency, we are committed to responding effectively to social-cultural diversity.