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Support, Advocacy, & Violence Prevention

The Support, Advocacy, and Violence Prevention (SAVP) Office provides individualized support and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, relationship abuse, dating violence, or sexual harassment, past or present. The SAVP Office also provides support to friends, family, or other direct supporters of someone impacted by interpersonal violence. In addition to providing support and advocacy, the SAVP Office oversees campus prevention programming, including bystander intervention trainings, consent education, healthy relationship education, community awareness, and other workshops for students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

The SAVP Office is staffed by two full-time employees, the SAVP Director and SAVP Program Coordinator. The office also oversees SAVP Advocates (formerly called Sexual Assault Response Team, or SART, Advocates), who are trained Vassar faculty, administrators, and staff, and who are available 24/7 for support. The SAVP Director, SAVP Program Coordinator, and SAVP Advocates serve as private resources to support members of the Vassar community who are survivors or who are supporters of survivors. As private resources, advocates do not release identifying information about anyone who accesses services unless there is an immediate concern about the safety of an individual or the campus. The SAVP Director, SAVP Program Coordinator, and SAVP Advocates are required to maintain depersonalized information for federal Clery data, but this information does not include students’ identifying information. Read more about Responsible, Private, and Confidential resources here.

The SAVP Office coordinates prevention education for the campus community throughout the year. The SAVP Director, SAVP Program Coordinator, and student employees in the office collaborate with a variety of on and off campus offices, as well as student organizations, to develop and implement training and violence prevention initiatives. This includes training for house teams, student athletes, student organizations, first-year students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s immediate safety, call 911 or Vassar Safety & Security at (845) 437-7333. If you are safe and are looking for information about on/off campus resources, SAVP Advocates can be reached 24/7 by calling the Campus Response Center at (845) 437-7333 and asking to speak with the SAVP Advocate on call.  

To schedule an appointment for support and advocacy with the SAVP Director, you can email savp@vassar.edu or call the Director at (845) 437-7863.

To request a workshop or training for your student organization, office, department, or other group, you can email savp@vassar.edu or call the Program Coordinator at (845) 437-7975.

The SAVP Office is located on the first floor of Main Building, in office S185.

ARE YOU SAFE?
If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s safety, call 911 or Vassar Safety & Security at (845) 437-7333.

If you are safe and are looking for information about on/off campus resources or reporting options, you can call a Vassar SAVP Advocate (formerly SART) 24/7 at (845) 437-7333.

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