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Health & Counseling Center

The Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE)

The Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment (CAPE), formerly known as Gender-Based Violence Education and Support Services (GVESS), provides programs and resources to help promote healthy relationships, teach non-violence and equality and foster a respectful and safe environment for all members of the University of Denver community.

CAPE also supports survivor healing by providing advocacy and support for victims of sexual violence, stalking, sexual harassment and relationship violence. All services are confidential and free of charge.

Services Include:

  • A safe and confidential place to talk
  • Education about options for moving forward and resources available to help you do so
  • Education about safety planning, including how to get an order of protection (legal) or no-contact order (university)
  • Support and information about how to navigate the university, medical, criminal and/or legal systems
  • An advocate can accompany you to the hospital following an assault in order to receive a medical evaluation and/or for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exam (an exam used to collect evidence should you decide to pursue a criminal process).
  • Help reporting an incident to the Title IX Office (including having an advocate accompany you for the investigation)
  • Help reporting an incident to the Denver Police Department and other law enforcement offices (including having an advocate accompany you to the police department).
  • Assistance with arranging for academic accommodations following an incident
  • Trauma-related counseling and follow-up
  • Gender Resource Library
  • Prevention and educational programming
  • Outreach trainings
  • Skill building for healthy relationships

For further information please contact the Program Director of CAPE, Dr. Gillian Kaag, at: 303-871-3853 (1-3853).