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 email@example.com.
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
Student Affairs OVA is a member of the Division of Student Affairs. We report to the Dean of Students/Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. We work closely with other programs in the Division to streamline support and outreach for students, faculty, and staff. Visit http://www.colorado.edu/StudentAffairs/
EMAIL POLICY STATEMENT: While OVA’s services are confidential, due to the nature of electronic communication, we cannot assure you that e-mail is as secure as face-to-face or phone conversation. Please bear this in mind when communicating via email. Email is also NOT APPROPRIATE for urgent or emergency messages. Incase of of emergency, please either CALL 911, Campus Police, 303-492-6666, OVA, 303-492-8855, or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. Thank you!
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.
Confidentiality is an essential part of the work in OVA. All aspects of participation in services at OVA, including appointments, content of counseling and advocacy sessions, and any records that we keep are confidential as outlined by federal and state law. Communication between OVA staff and its clients may only be disclosed when the client signs a release of information form authorizing such disclosure. Counseling and advocacy records are maintained in files completely separate from the academic or employment records and cannot be accessed by campus or community systems without the client's signed authorization. In order to provide clients with up to date information and provide effective services, the therapists/advocates in OVA consult with each other.
There are exceptions to confidentiality (please see section 12-43-218 of the Colorado Revised Statutes for more information):
- Disclosures of suspected child or elder abuse or neglect.
- The client may be in imminent danger to themselves or others.
- Client becomes gravely disabled.
- If you are under the age of 18.
- When a disclosure is made necessary by legal proceedings.
- Information requested by a government agency to prevent terrorism under the Patriot Act.
Please contact our office with questions or concerns regarding confidentiality.
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 joined the Office of 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 as 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 as well. In the Spring of 2014 Jessica was a negotiator for the Department of Education's Federal Rulemaking Committee helping inform the new regulations based on the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). 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.
Sarah Williams, LCSW, Assistant Director-303-735-4866 Sarah joined the Office of Victim Assistance in April 2012. She was promoted to Assistant Director in September 2014. 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.
Tanya Kearns, MA, Victim Advocate Counselor-303-492-2235 Tanya joined the Office of Victim Assistance in November 2014. Originally from the midwest, Tanya graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wartburg College in Iowa where she studied Psychology, Spirituality, and Youth and Family Counseling. After moving to Denver and working as a care manager to women reentering the community from prison/jail, she went on to get her Master's Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University Graduate School of Psychology. Along with her position at OVA, she also currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University. For over 10 years, Tanya has been engaged in anti-oppression work, including serving as a therapist and advocate to survivors of sexual assault with The Blue Bench, Denver's Rape Crisis Center, as well as The Empowerment Program, where she provided trauma therapy to people in the Denver County Jail struggling with the impacts of trauma, addiction, and mental health issues. Tanya encourages holism using an eclectic range of modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Somatic Experiencing, Gestalt techniques, and Hakomi therapy. Her therapeutic philosophy is greatly informed by understanding power, privilege, and oppression. She emphasizes mindfulness, the mind-body connection, harm reduction and empowerment based models and is committed to health, healing, and justice.
Ruchi Malhotra, LPC, Victim Advocate Counselor -303-492-5951 Ruchi joined the Office of Victim Assistance in May 2009. She attended University of Colorado Boulder and received her undergraduate degree in Sociology. 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.
Mailing address for Director, Assistant Director and Victim Advocates: 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.