Victim Assistance Team
The Victim Assistance Team (VAT) is here to assist Colorado State University students and any family or friends who have been experienced interpersonal violence on or off campus; and staff, faculty, or visitors who have been experienced interpersonal violence on campus. Trained Victim Advocates are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide emotional support and information.
What Does the Victim Assistance Team Do?
- Advocates assist survivors of all genders, and any family or friends to cope with the physical, psychological and legal aftermath resulting from a sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence.
- Trained Victim Advocates are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide emotional support and information to survivors.
- Advocates can provide information about the survivor's choices for getting medical care. Advocates can meet with a student in a residence hall room, at a designated spot on campus, or another agreed upon location.
- Advocates can also accompany a survivor to the hospital or Women's Clinic (or Men's Clinic) on campus if she or he would like.
- They can explain the process of reporting the situation to police and can accompany the survivor to the police station if they decide to file a report. They can also let the survivor know about the University's Student Conduct system if the perpetrator is a student.
- Calling for an advocate does not obligate reporting anything to the police, except when there is a significant public safety concern.
Advocates are available to provide confidential crisis intervention and emotional support through the Women and Gender Advocacy Center. The 24-hour Victim Assistance Team is available to assist survivors of sexual assault and all other forms of interpersonal violence, including relationship violence and stalking. VAT also offers support to the survivors' loved ones and support people.
Call 970-492-4242 and ask to speak with an advocate.
For more information and resources regarding sexual assault and interpersonal violence visit the Women and Gender Advocacy Center website: http://www.wgac.colostate.edu.