Office of Victims Assistance

Office of Victims Assistance

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About Our Office

 

COVID Update:

Office of Victim Assistance has changed to an appointment based schedule, as a measure of precaution to reduce the risk of spread or exposure to COVID-19.  All appointments will be virtual.  Exceptions will be made to accompany students during Campus Police investigations. WALK-INs will not be permitted into the Crawford Building. 

To schedule an appointment with our advocate, students may contact us via phone at 803-280-9467 or via email at jacksoni@winthrop.edu.  

 

Mission

The Office of Victims Assistance is committed to providing direct services to survivors of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, stalking, and victims of crimes or discrimination based on bias. We provide and support campus-wide educational programming and education directed at eradicating sexual violence both on campus and in the community.

 

Reporting Online

You can report any form of Sexual Misconduct online, from a computer, tablet, or mobile device, using Winthrop’s Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form.  Notes about Online Reporting:

  • You may complete the form anonymously
  • The form will be routed to the Victims Assistance Coordinator, the Director for Health and Counseling, the Title IX Coordinator, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and the Vice President for Student Affairs.
  • Itali Jackson, the Victim Assistance Coordinator will follow up on all online reports (unless it's anonymous).
  • Reporting here does NOT equal pressing charges through law enforcement.

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Services

Advocacy

Our Victim Service Coordinator provides advocacy based on the student’s needs.

Advocacy can include:

  • Informing students of their rights and reporting options (Title IX and Legal Prosecution)
  • Medical options
  • Safety planning
  • Information on civil protection orders
  • Accompaniment to court
  • Academic advocacy
  • Housing advocacy
  • Assistance with navigating systems ( academic, administrative, criminal, and more)

Throughout the entire process, students will be able to choose their own resources and have a supportive presence encouraging and empowering them along the way.

STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE SERVICES REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THEY CHOOSE TO REPORT TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OR FILE A TITLE IX COMPLAINT.

 

Counseling

Counseling offers:

  • A fully confidential resource that is included in your Health and Counseling fee
  • Assessment of physical and emotional safety
  • A Safe place to emotionally process traumatic events
  • Counselors who are specifically trained to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related symptomology
  • Increased scheduling flexibility
  • Referrals to other health professionals when necessary
  • Referrals to additional academic support when necessary

The Goals of OVA Counseling include:

  • Reduced severity of symptoms or amelioration of symptoms specific to traumatic events
  • Self-Management of emotional distress
  • Improved daily functioning by supporting the client as they:
    • stabilize, process, and reintegrate after trauma
    • establish a healthy lifestyle
    • develop appropriate boundaries for self and others
    • create and maintain healthy relationships
  • Enhanced social support
  • Enhanced sense of self-worth and trust

Last Updated: 9/16/20