Violence Intervention Prevention Center
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Help for you or a friend

If you or someone you care about has been directly impacted by power-based personal violence, we are here to support. A VIP staff person is available to talk with you Monday-Friday 8:30 - 5:00 pm. You can stop by the VIP Center in the lower level of Frazee Hall, or call us at (859) 257-3574, and you don't need to have an appointment! VIP is a space for support and connection in whatever way you find most helpful, we are here to listen, to hear your truth and help you navigate options.

Support can look many ways including:

  • Help maintaining your school work; we can work with you and your professors…
  • We have access to different housing options…
  • We can connect you to health resources…
  • We can work together to deal with financial issues connected to power-based personal violence…
  • We can support you through legal options; talking with law enforcement, following up on the status of a case, even going to court with you…

If you want to talk with someone on a deeper level we can connect you with a counselor… You can also plug in to the many programs at VIP; writing group, theater performance, art projects, Green Dot training, and volunteer programs. We have many resources throughout our community and together we can access those that you find most helpful. Please know we are here for you.

Talk to Someone Now

The VIP Center office hours are 8:30am - 5:00pm. To speak to someone by phone during these hours, call 859-257-3574. To speak to someone in person between 8:30 and 5:30pm, come by the Center located on the lower level of Frazee Hall next to the Student Center. For 24-hour assistance after hours contact the local Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center at 859-253-2511 or 800-656-HOPE‚ GreenHouse 17 (formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program) at 800-544-2022‚ or the UK Police at 911 or #UKPD.

Information and Resources

Addressing power-based personal violence is a collective effort and responsibility that is shared by every unit and individual on campus, as well as community partners off-campus. To the side are links to on-campus units, off-campus organizations, and national resources that you may find helpful. If you would like help in navigating these organizations, or information on key contact people that work closely with VIP, don't hesitate to call at 859-257-3574.

For You

If you have been directly impacted by power based personal violence, recently or in your past, we are here to provide you with support. A VIP staff person is available to talk with you Monday - Friday 8:30 - 5:00 pm. You can stop by VIP Center in the basement of Frazee Hall or call us at (859) 257-3574. You don't need to have an appointment! VIP is a space for support and connection in whatever way you find most helpful. We are here to listen, hear your truth and help you navigate options. Support can look many ways including:

  • Help maintaining your school work; we can work with you and your professors…
  • We have access to different housing options…
  • We can connect you to health resources…
  • We can work together to deal with financial issues connected to power-based personal violence…
  • We can support you through legal options; talking with law enforcement, following up on the status of a case, even going to court with you…
  • If you want to talk with someone on a deeper level we can connect you with a counselor…

You can also plug in to the many programs at VIP; writing group, art projects, Green Dot training, and volunteer programs. We have many resources throughout our community and together we can access those that you find most helpful. Please know we are here for you.

For A Friend

What should I do if someone tells me they are a victim of violence?

Emergency Situation:
If s/he contacts you in imminent crisis or danger‚ call 911 or #UKPD for campus or community police assistance. You do not need to be with the victim to call the police on their behalf if they are in immediate danger.

Non-Emergency Situation:
Listen to their story‚ provide support‚ and refrain from judgment.
"I'm glad you told me. I believe you and I'm sorry this happened."
Provide options and let them make choices. No pressure.
"Do you want to speak to someone about this? Do you want to go to the VIP Center? Do you need medical attention?"
Provide the person with information.
"Let me jot down the contact information for the VIP Center and a local crisis line in case you want to follow up with someone later."

VIP Center: (859) 257-3574
24-hour Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center: (800) 656-HOPE or local number: (859)253-2511
24-hour GreenHouse 17 (formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program): (800) 544-2022

Reporting Options

You have the choice of reporting a crime to the police. You may speak to the University of Kentucky Police Department or local city police but the decision of who will be in charge of the investigation will be based on the police jurisdiction in which the crime occurred.


Interviews can often be done at the hospital, at the police station or at an advocacy center such as the VIP Center, BRCC or BDVP. You have the right to have an advocate with you during this process. Advocates can also help provide support and information as the case moves forward.

University of Kentucky Police Department
Lexington Metro Police Department

VIP staff can help you navigate this process or you can contact these offices directly.

In addition to campus police, you are able to report what has happened to other campus authorities such as the Dean of Student's Office and the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity. There are a number of laws, policies and codes in place to promote safety on campus. Depending on whether the offender is a student, staff, faculty or non-UK affiliated, there are a variety of protective options available. VIP is not a campus authority for reporting.

Dean of Students Office
Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity

VIP staff can help you navigate this process or you can contact these offices directly.