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Advocacy and Support

UT Austin provides two private support programs for students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence that are not mandated to report to Title IX.

Interpersonal Violence Peer Support
Advocates
he Interpersonal Violence Peer Support program at UT Austin is a group of expertly trained undergraduate and graduate students who offer peer-based support to students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence.
The 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 private and free 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 private 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

The IVPS office will be closed over the summer. For advocacy support, please contact an Advocate at advocate@austin.utexas.edu or call CMHC's 24-hour crisis line at (512) 471-2255.

Interpersonal Violence Peer Support
Advocates

Peer Supporters are available by appointment only. To schedule a meeting, you can:

To schedule a non-urgent appointment with an Advocate, you can:

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

Privacy

Information disclosed during 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 Advocate is non-mandatory reporting 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) or open records request, the Advocate may be required to respond.

Additional Information and Resources

Interpersonal Violence Peer Support
Advocates
  • Hours: The IVPS office is closed for the summer.
  • Location: Student Services Building, Ground Floor, Room G1.408
  • Phone number: (512) 471-6147
    *This is not a crisis line. For immediate assistance, please call the Advocate at (512) 471-5017 or the CMHC 24-hour crisis line at (512) 471-2255.
  • Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
  • Location: Student Emergency Services, SSB 4.104 and 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.