Survivor Advocacy

Survivor Advocacy Services at Western

​Violence can happen to anyone and it’s never the survivors fault. The staff of the Counseling and Wellness Center meet every survivor where they are in their journey of healing, providing a confidential space for students of all identities who have experienced violence recently or in the past.

We provide emotional support and access to all available resources to ensure students continue to be academically successful while they move through their healing process. We also provide support to friends or family members of those who have experienced violence.

Call our Survivor Advocacy Services Coordinator, Deidre Evans, at 360-650-7982, or email Deidre.Evans@wwu.edu to set up an appointment. 

We Provide Student Survivors With:

Individual Emotional Support

through periodic check-ins and assessing your emotional needs with referrals to campus and community counselors and/or support groups.  

Information and Support Navigating Medical, Legal, and Reporting Options

by referring you to the Student Health Center, your professional care provider, or the local hospital where you can get treated for your medical concerns, and walking you through your reporting options with Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance and area police departments.

Safety Planning 

by providing you with information and assistance obtaining an order of protection (protection order, restraining order, anti-harassment order) and information about Western's no contact orders. 

Connecting to Resources On and Off Campus

such as providing assistance with withdrawal from class or school and/or assistance with petitioning for tuition refunds, providing you with information about waivers and financial aid options, and assistance with changing housing or phone number as well as information about local shelters and temporary housing.

Academic Advocacy

by communicating with professors to assist in creating an appropriate academic plan.

Support Groups

led by the Survivor Advocacy Services Coordinator and Counseling and Wellness Center professionals. Fall quarter 2021 offerings include After Silence, a confidential space to learn resilience skills and connect with others after experiencing interpersonal violence, and our Art-based Support Group, which fosters connections among survivors of violence and focuses on supporting one another in healing. Learn more about our support groups.

Available 24-hour Support

Reasons why you might want to call, text, or chat with a domestic violence/sexual assault hotline advocate:

  • You are not feeling safe in your relationship or your home. Advocates can help you think through a safety plan.
  • To feel connected and supported
  • To talk to someone who understands the impacts of violence and abuse
  • To support a friend, family, or community member who is/has experienced violence.
  • To learn about options and resources (medical, reporting/legal, therapy support, support groups etc.) and think through your next steps.
  • To brainstorm ways to manage and cope with the effects of trauma and build community.

Local 24-Hour Support

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services

24-Hour Helpline: 1−877-715-1563

Advocacy counselors provide safety planning, emotional support, crisis intervention, and referrals through the helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Lummi Victims of Crime

24-Hour Helpline: 360-312-2015

Provides culturally specific help for Native survivors and friends and family members who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, assault and battery, survivor of homicide, child abuse, and sexual assault.

LGBTQ+ Specific Support

NW Network

1-206-568-7777

info@nwnetwork.org

Support available: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. If you leave a message, they will get back to you as soon as they can.

Mental Health Support Lines

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741

Community Crisis Line

1-800-584-3578

WWU Counseling and Wellness Center

360-650-3164

Choose option 1 to connect with the on-call counselor after hours.

National Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-7233

Highly trained advocates are available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. Chat available.

Love is Respect

  • Speak to a peer advocate by calling 1-866-331-9474.
  • Text LOVEIS (capitalization does not matter) to 22522
  • Chat with a peer advocate by clicking on the “Chat Online Now” button at the top of the webpage.

RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline

1-800-656-4673 (HOPE)

When you call 800.656.HOPE (4673), you’ll be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the ZIP code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider.

Chat is also available