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Confidential Advocacy and Support

UT Austin provides two confidential support programs for students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence.

Interpersonal Violence Peer Support
Confidential Advocates
The Interpersonal Violence Peer Support program at UT Austin is a group of expertly trained undergraduate and graduate students who offer confidential, peer-based support to students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence.
The Confidential Advocates at UT Austin are trained professional staff who provide individual support to students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence.

Who We Serve

Both programs provide free and confidential services for UT Austin students who have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination. This may include:

  • A student processing an incident of violence, regardless of timeframe
  • A student unsure if they were assaulted
  • A student wondering if their relationship is healthy
  • Friends, partners, or family members of someone who is experiencing interpersonal violence
  • Faculty and staff members who are concerned about a student

How We Can Help

We empower students by providing information, tools, and resources and by allowing students to determine the course of action that best fits their needs. We are trained to listen and work with students respectfully in whatever decision they make. When meeting with a confidential support person, students may share as much or as little as they feel comfortable. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Offering a safe and confidential setting to discuss questions, concerns, and experiences regarding an incident of interpersonal violence
  • Engaging in respectful, active listening and emotional support
  • Providing information about students' rights and options regarding the Title IX reporting and investigation process
  • Exploring academic, housing, medical, and or/ financial accommodations and remedies
  • Referrals for on and off campus resources

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment with a confidential advocate, please call 512-471-5017 or complete the online form.

Peer Supporters will be available October 2017.

Please note that appointments will be made within the next business day when possible. If your situation is complex or requires immediate accommodations, the confidential advocates will schedule a meeting with you in place of a peer to provide comprehensive support.

Confidentiality

Information disclosed during confidential appointments will not be shared with anyone without the student's written permission. However, in the situation where there is reasonable fear of imminent harm to the student or the campus community, we will take action to ensure safety.

The Confidential Advocate is a campus confidential resource and is not protected under Texas law as confidential. If a student's record is requested under certain legal circumstances (e.g. subpoena or court of law), the Confidential Advocate may be required to respond.

Additional Information & Resources

Confidential Advocates
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
  • Location: Student Emergency Services, SSB 4.104 & Title IX University Compliance Services, UTA 2.507
  • Phone number: (512) 471-5017

The Interpersonal Violence Peer Support program is managed by Student Emergency Services in the Office of the Dean of Students, with a partnership between the Title IX Office and Voices Against Violence at the Counseling and Mental Health Center.