What is an advocate?
An advocate is available 24-hours a day to provide support and information to survivors and the friends and family of survivors. Xavier advocates have received extensive training on crisis counseling, campus and community resources, relationship violence, harassment, sexual violence, stalking and how these crimes affect individuals, preparing them to provide excellent crisis intervention services.
An advocate can provide you with:
- Assistance in identifying your options
- Help explaining processes like reporting, University disciplinary procedures and/or obtaining a forensic exam
- Accompaniment to the hospital, police, etc.
- Assistance in developing a safety plan
- Referrals to campus and community resources
- Follow-up support and advocacy
It is recommended that you call the advocate at 513 745-1000 immediately after experiencing any form of interpersonal violence or harassment; however, no matter how long it has been, services are available.
Calling an advocate is often the first step in healing and moving forward. Remember, you are not alone. There are people here to help.