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.
IVPS is currently recruiting interested students to make a difference and apply to be Peer Supporters for the 2022-2023 Academic Year. Apply to be a Peer Supporter to make a positive impact on your fellow Longhorns, build communication, listening and leadership skills, and create change in meaningful way. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 4.
The program was paused while access to campus was limited due to COVID-19. The program will resume with the Fall 2022 Semester. Until IVPS services reopen, the Confidential Advocate remains available as an alternative for support and accommodations.
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:
- 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
- Referrals for on and off campus resources
- Additional campus confidential resources:
- For information on reporting options, please visit Title IX.
- FAQ for Advocates and Peer Supporters (pdf)
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.