Welcome to the Office of Victim Assistance (OVA).
OVA provides free, confidential response services for students, faculty, staff and their significant others who experience traumatic, disturbing or disruptive life events. We do this by providing information, support and short-term counseling. OVA is not a part of the police department. Our office responds to situations involving physical assault and hazing, bias motivated incidents, death, discrimination and harassment including sexual harassment, intimate partner abuse, serious accidents, sexual assault and stalking, as well as other potentially traumatic situations. We help people learn about 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 can talk about academic or work questions, medical questions, reporting questions, counseling and informational questions. To send a general question to our office, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to these response services, we collaborate with Community Health, a division of Wardenburg, to provide gender violence prevention and education. For more information about these services, email Teresa Wroe, or call her at 303-735-0474. More information may also be found here
Health & Wellness Team/Student Affairs OVA is a member of the Health and Wellness Team located within the Division of Student Affairs. Other Health and Wellness Team members are: Wardenburg Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Recreation Services. We work closely with other programs in the Division to streamline support and outreach for students, faculty, and staff. Visit the Division of Student Affairs at http://www.colorado.edu/StudentAffairs/
The OVA Mission
The Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) works towards a safer, more socially just and supportive campus community by providing culturally relevant trauma response and prevention services.
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Location: Center for Community (C4C), suite S440.
CU Office of Victim Assistance
The Office of Victim Assistance offers free confidential information, counseling, advocacy and support to all University of Colorado Boulder students, staff, faculty and their significant others.
- Boulder County Sheriff’s Department
- Boulder Police Department
- Center for Multicultural Affairs
- Colorado Anti-Violence Program
- Community Health
- Counseling & Psychological Services
- CU Hazing Tip Line
- CU Police Department
- CU Veteran’s Services
- Disability Services
- Faculty & Staff Assistance
- GLBTQ Resource Center
- Interactive Theatre Project
- Moving to End Sexual Assault
- Off Campus Student Housing and Neighborhood Relations
- Office of Discrimination & Harassment
- Office of Student Conduct
- Ombuds Office
- Psychological Health & Psychiatry
- Residence Life
- Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence
- Student Outreach and Retention Center for Equity (SORCE)
- Wardenburg Student Health Center
- Women’s Resource Center
Jessica Ladd-Webert, LPC, Director - 303-735-2323 Jessica, a licensed professional counselor, started at Victim Assistance in October 2007. She was promoted to the Director of the department in January 2012. Jessica is familiar with the University of Colorado Boulder because she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology here. She then went on to earn a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Phoenix. While working on her master’s degree she interned as a counselor at Access Counseling, a non-profit counseling center in Boulder. Jessica has worked as a contract therapist at MESA, Moving to End Sexual Assault, Boulder's rape crisis center, doing individual therapy and primary and secondary survivor groups. Before that she was MESA's Client Services Coordinator, as well as a counselor and supervisor on MESA's 24-hour hotline. Jessica was a part of the victim advocates for the Boulder Sheriff’s Office for seven years. Jessica has a background in a variety of trauma informed therapeutic modalities including, but not limited to mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy . Her career has always focused on crisis and trauma work and she continues to bring her skills of therapy and advocacy to support the CU community. In the Spring of 2014 Jessica served on the Federal Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) serving as a negotiator representing mental health.
Ruchi Malhotra, MS, LPC, Assistant Director -303-492-2235 Ruchi joined the Office of Victim Assistance in May 2009. She attended University of Colorado Buolder and received her undergraduate degree in Sociology in 2002. During this time, she worked within the Women’s Resource Center, Student Outreach and Retention Center for Equity, Cultural Events Board and Student Government. Ruchi then went on to receive her master’s degree in Mental Health and Counseling at Southern Oregon University in 2006 and is now a Licensed Professional Counselor. As a therapist, Ruchi has worked in a variety of settings including University Counseling Center, LGBTQ community center, Non-profit organizations and K-12 schools. Ruchi is trained in a variety of therapeutic methods including trauma informed art therapy and Brainspotting. Ruchi is dedicated to the empowerment of individuals and healing from trauma. She strives to work from a culturally relevant, social justice lens.
Sarah Williams, LSW, Victim Advocate-303-735-4866 Sarah joined the Office of Victim Assistance in April 2012. She received her BA from Tulane University majoring in sociology and women’s studies. She went on to obtain a masters in social work from Smith College School for Social Work. Both at Tulane and Smith College School for Social Work, Sarah was a leader in providing education and awareness to her peers on sexual assault, intimate partner abuse, and stalking. She has experience providing clinical case management, crisis intervention, and individual and group therapy working with diverse populations in a range of settings including residential foster care, outpatient mental health centers, and universities. Sarah has a background in a variety of therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic theory, mindfulness, CBT, DBT, and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). She is committed to assisting people who have been impacted by trauma on their road to healing through advocacy, counseling, and empowerment.
Mailing address for Director, Assistant Director and Victim Advocate: Office of Victim Assistance University of Colorado at Boulder UCB 140 Boulder, Colorado 80309-0140
Gender Violence Prevention and Education - for presentations on gender violence prevention, please contact:
Teresa Wroe, Gender Violence Prevention and Program Development Coordinator in Community Health, a division of Wardenburg, 303-735-0474. Teresa Wroe has been at CU Boulder since 2004 and has worked in violence prevention for over 18 years. She has specialized expertise in prevention education and sexual violence prevention. Teresa develops programs for Community Health to address a variety of health topics including gender violence, relationship wellness, sexual health, alcohol, bystander intervention, stress, sleep, and wellness. Before coming to CU Boulder, Teresa worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault providing training and prevention programming research and development for programs statewide and nationally. She is a graduate of the University of Wyoming.
Community Health is located in the UMC, University Memorial Center, fourth floor, room 411. Mailing address is UCB 207, Boulder, Colorado 80309.
Portions of this project were supported by grant #2004-WA-AX-0005 awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women, Office of Justice Programs, US Dept of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.