Services we provide:
Advocacy can vary based on the person's needs and can include informing people of their rights and reporting options, medical options, safety planning, information on civil protection orders, accompaniment to court, academic advocacy, and assistance with navigating systems (academic, administrative, criminal, and more). OVA will support the individual in whatever they decide is best for them. Regardless if an individual chooses to report or not, the individual has rights and options. Ones does not have to report to recieve advocacy services from OVA. OVA can assist in navigating the various systems and advocate to address the individual's needs, whether it is working with academic, employment, medical, administrative, law enforcement, or other systems.
Counseling services are free and confidential. Students, graduate students, faculty, and staff impacted by a potentially traumatic or life disruptive event can receive up to 6 counseling sessions. If one is seeking/needing longer term counseling OVA can provide referrals to providers in the community. Counseling is about working with the client's goals around support and healing and can include processing one's traumatic experience(s), as well as learning coping skills and developing self-care.
Consultation and Support
OVA is also available to consult with and provide support to colleagues, friends, roommates, partners, and family of individuals who have experienced a potentially traumatic or life disruptive event. OVA can offer guidance on how to support the individual, answer questions regarding systems and options, as well as provide direct support to the impacted friend or family member.