Residence Hall and Student Org Programs:
The Violence Intervention & Prevention Center staff is here to help plan and implement programming that fits your needs as an RA. We welcome discussions to brainstorm the best programs for your residents, and we will even design and create promotional items (flyers, Facebook info, etc) for your event!! If you would like to request a program, please fill out and submit this form. Due to the volume of requests we receive, we ask that you submit your form at least 2 weeks in advance so that we can help create a great program with you!
As a campus resource looking to do programming with the residence halls, the VIP Center loves developing partnerships with RAs.
We host a range of programs including:
- An overview of VIP resources
- Intro to Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy
- Film screenings and discussions about how you can shape a violence-free campus!
or create your own program with us!!
Each year the VIP Center hosts programs in residence halls specifically aimed at educating students about how to keep one another safe.
- Healthy Relationships: Building skills for a healthy romantic relationship.
- Green Dots for Spring Break is an interactive program that helps students think about how to foster responsibly and safety when going on spring break.
The VIP Center has a range of films that analyze popular media (including movies, commercials, music videos, etc) & the ways it creates dominant ideas about gender, race, sexual orientation and their relationship with violence.
- These programs typically last from 1-2 hours and are great ways to start powerful discussions.
Contact Catherine, firstname.lastname@example.org today to start coordinating your event!!
Supporting a Survivor
As a student leader, you have the unique opportunity to lead, influence and connect with others on campus. This could be in the residence halls, student organizations or at university events. Because of this, you are able to have a positive impact on the university community by doing your own Green Dots.
Others on campus will likely see you as a trusted resource and may approach you for help, support and information if they have been impacted by power-based personal violence. This can include partner violence, sexual assault or stalking violence. There are some simple steps you can take to make sure that you provide appropriate support and accurate information in this type of situation.
- Find a private place to talk
- If you are in a position that requires you report what they have disclosed, be up front about this and explain what they can expect as a result of the report
- Verbalize your support
- I'm glad you told me
- I'm sorry this happened
- I believe you
- Thank you for sharing with me. That took a lot of courage.
- I appreciate that you chose to share this with me. What can I do to help?
- Avoid questioning their decisions, blaming them for what happened, minimizing what happened or how they are feeling, and telling them what to do.
- Examples of phrases to avoid:
- You should...
- Why did you...
- You need to...
- It could have been worse.
- I know how you feel.
- If it were me...
- When someone discloses victimization, insure that they are not in immediate danger.
- Some possible questions to use are below.
- Are you in any danger now?
- Do you have a safe place to go after we finish talking?
- Are you afraid to go home or back to where you live?
- Do not push for decisions to be made in the moment. Some people need time to think about their options and make decisions about next steps. This is especially true following a trauma.
- Respect their privacy, keeping in mind that this goes beyond simply keeping their story anonymous. What you have been told is likely to be upsetting and disturbing to you as well. This is the time to seek supervision and support for yourself through the appropriate people. VIP staff are also available to talk to you about your own reaction to what you have heard and provide support to you along the way.
- Don't promise things that are out of your control such as:
- Instead of: I'm sure everyone will believe you.
- Instead of: We'll make sure he/she is arrested.
- Try: I can help you get in touch with the police if you decide to make a report.
- Instead of: Our conversation is confidential.
- Try: Your privacy is important to me. If you want to speak to someone confidentially, I can help connect you to the VIP Center or the Counseling Center.
- Have materials on hand or know where to find them online.
- Give them the option of seeing someone at the VIP Center.
- Offer to walk them over to the office or remind them that they can call anonymously if they prefer. Here are some points that may be helpful to share:
- Communication with VIP staff is confidential
- We don't press for information
- We can provide information about options
- We respect the choices of our clients
- Remember, it's ok to not have all of the answers. Let the student know you're not sure but will find out the information they need. Make a plan to check back in with the information including a timeframe of when they should expect to hear back from you.