The Resource and Advocacy Center at UAF provides confidential advocacy and resource referral to students, staff and faculty survivors of intimate partner violence. The office is staffed by confidential advocates from the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living.
What is Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)?
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is an umbrella term that encompasses relationship violence, sexual assault, and stalking. All IPV incorporates elements of Power and Control.
Sexual Assault: this is a catch-all term that most commonly refers to rape, but also includes sexual harassment, unwanted touching, etc. Any act of sex where the actor has not obtained consent from the other person(s) can be sexual assault. It is important to remember that no matter where you are, what you’re wearing, and what substances you have consumed, it is NEVER your fault if someone sexually assaults you. If you have experienced sexual assault (recently or in the past), you can reach out to the Resource and Advocacy Center to discuss your options or just get support.
Stalking: a willful course of conduct directed at a specific person that will cause that person to be afraid or intimidated. Stalking can occur during a relationship, after a relationship, or in the absence of a relationship (e.g. a stranger or acquaintance stalking someone). Stalking makes normally legal behaviors illegal, such as following a person; harassing via phone calls, text messages, emails, or social media; and leaving unwanted gifts. If you or someone you know is being stalked, we can help.
Relationship Violence: also called domestic violence, dating violence, or intimate partner violence—is a pattern of power and control that occurs in an intimate, romantic relationship. It can take many different forms, including:
- Physical (e.g. hitting or pushing)
- Verbal (e.g. yelling, swearing, name calling)
- Emotional (e.g. extreme jealousy, isolation)
- Financial (e.g. withholding money so one partner is dependent on the other)
- Psychological (e.g. threats of suicide and/or homicide
- Sexual (e.g. threats of suicide and/or homicide)
These are just a few examples of the many forms of relationship violence can take. If you think you or a loved one is experiencing this, we are here for support. We can discuss strategies, provide resources, or simply talk through your concerns and help you decide what is best for you.
How can an advocate help you?
If you or someone you know has experienced stalking, dating/domestic violence, or sexual assault/rape, we are here to help. The Resource and Advocacy Center is a free and confidential resource available to students, faculty, and staff. Advocates are available to explain options and support you in making your own decisions about what to do next. Here are some of the ways we can help:
- Our 24/7 helpline is always available for support (even over breaks).
- Advocates can provide emotional support, discuss options, and safety plan to keep you safe.
- We can accompany you to court, assist you in filing a police report, or go with you to the hospital for a forensic exam.
- Advocates are not mandated reporters to Title IX.
- We can explain student conduct and the Title IX processes and support you if you choose to report what happened to the school.
Help and resources
If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted, you have the right to legal, physical and psychological help. You are not alone.
- For medical help, call 911 or go to the nearest ER.
- To talk to someone confidentially, call the Resource and Advocacy Center at any hour at 907-474-6360 or the Student Health and Counseling Center at 907-474-7043.
- To file a police report, call 911
- To initiate a Title IX investigation, visit the Title IX website or call the Title IX office at 907-474-7300.