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Interpersonal Violence Peer Support Program

The Interpersonal Violence Peer Support (IVPS) program offers private, peer-based support to UT students who have been impacted by interpersonal violence, and is not mandated to report to Title IX. IVPS Peer Supporters are trained undergraduate and graduate students available to help.

Who IVPS Serves

IVPS provides private, free, trauma-informed support for UT Austin students who have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and gender-based discrimination. This may include students who have been impacted personally or through the experience of someone they know.

How We Can Help

IVPS Peer Supporters empower students by providing information, resources and by allowing students to determine the course of action that best fits their needs. Peer Supporters are trained to listen and work with students respectfully in whatever decision they make. Services include:

Additional Resources


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, action will be taken to ensure safety.

Interpersonal Violence Peer Support is a non-mandatory reporting resource, but 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, IVPS may be required to respond.