Welcome! Free and confidential support, information, and advocacy

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. 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.

Experiences that OVA can help with:

  • Bias motivated incidents involve behavior that is motivated by bias based on perceived race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, veteran status and/or sexual orientation and has a negative impact. Incidents of bias can take many different forms and the impact can vary.
  • Experiencing or anticipating the death of a loved one or community member.
  • Harassment and discrimination, including sexual harassment, are pervasive and can take place in many different contexts.
  • Intimate partner abuse occurs in a relationship that is or has been intimate, which can include but is not limited to, emotional, sexual, physical, and finical abuse. 
  • If you were the victim of hazing, or physical assault.
  • Serious accidents which are incapacitating and seriously disrupt your ability to function in the academic environment. 
  • Sexual assault is unwanted sexual contact.  If you’ve had something happen, you may not know what to call it. 
  • Stalking or “persistent unwanted behavior” describes repeated harassment or intrusive behavior.  Stalking may cause fear, or changes in every day routines.
  • OVA helps with other disruptive events as well

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.