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Welcome to the Violence Prevention, Victim Advocacy and Support Center (VPAS)

*We welcome all full and part-time graduate and undergraduate students!

Sexual violence is a social justice issue!

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The VPAS Center accepts ongoing donations for new toiletries for the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services' emergency safe houses. Click here for more information.

The Violence Prevention, Victim Advocacy and Support Center (VPAS) is committed to helping to create a campus community of respect and safety by providing violence prevention education, victim advocacy and support services. We know that being in an environment that encourages responsibility, to self and others, is essential for students to achieve their academic and personal goals. Please click here for a copy of our brochure.

Our violence prevention education efforts include information that will help students to:

  • build and sustain healthy relationships with intimate partners, friends, fellow students and university community members
  • identify sexual misconduct and consent
  • identify sexual misconduct campus and community advocates, resources, reporting options and Title IX rights.
  • identify perpetrator behavior and risk reduction tips
  • identify tools to safely intervene as a bystander
  • identify the rights available for survivors of criminal acts

Advocacy and support services are available to all students who are survivors of violence, including sexual misconduct, bullying and hazing. Advocacy and support is provided according to the needs of each student survivor with the goal being to empower them and prevent victimization. 

In that light, our prevention efforts, advocacy and services are designed to help create a healthier campus community that supports the success of all of our students.

Haven: Understanding Sexual Assault
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HAVEN: Understanding Sexual Assault is a free online course that is required for all incoming new and transfer students.  Please note that any student may take HAVEN: Understanding Sexual Assault.  Be empowered and help us to end sexual violence!  Take HAVEN! If you are interested in taking HAVEN or would like further information please contact Catherine Christy at 203.392.6946 or

 Trigger warning: the videos below depict conversations about sexual assault and intimate partner violence.            

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