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Advocacy Support

Advocacy Services

Confidential victim advocacy services are available to all UC San Diego members, including undergraduates, graduate and professional students, staff, faculty, and academic appointees.

UC San Diego’s CARE Advocates are available for confidential help in sorting through emotions, resources, and options. As UC San Diego’s certified sexual assault/domestic violence survivor Advocates, CARE Advocates operate within an empowerment model of support, aiming to provide those impacted by violence with on- and off-campus resources, and supporting whichever path the survivor feels will be most helpful on their healing journey. Student, faculty, and staff survivors – as well as those who are support individuals – are welcome to meet with a CARE Advocate in a safe, confidential space.

CARE Advocates are here to listen, support, and empower survivors with the following services:

Crisis Intervention and Safety Planning

A CARE Advocate provides crisis intervention to survivors, helping them process emotions, explain rights and options, and develop safety plans. Crisis intervention is available to survivors and any friends, partners, housemates, colleagues, or family members of the survivor.

Accompaniment

A CARE Advocate can accompany a survivor to appointments and interviews throughout a reporting process, such as:

  • Making a police report
  • Medical evidentiary exam
  • Filing a report with OPHD
  • Interviews with law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office and/or OPHD
  • Court Hearings
  • Student Conduct meetings

Case Management

A CARE Advocate can help a survivor navigate various options related to their unique situation:

  • Coordinating meetings and communications with law enforcement, the district attorney’s office, OPHD, etc.
  • Assisting with obtaining protective restraining orders
  • Providing ongoing advocacy and support
  • Offering individual and group counseling and other healing opportunities

Academic, Housing and Employment Concerns

If a survivor’s academics, housing or employment is being negatively impacted due to an assault or abuse, a CARE Advocate can assist by working with other campus departments, landlord/housing agencies, and/or employers.

Resource Referrals

A CARE Advocate can help a survivor get connected to other resources, both on- and off-campus services, in order to answer questions, explore options and aid in the healing process. This may include:

  • Medical providers
  • Domestic violence organizations
  • Rape crisis centers
  • District Attorneys and Family Justice Center
  • Off campus therapists/counselors