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How can an advocate help me?

Advocates can provide a confidential space to talk about what happened and help you decide how to move forward.  An advocate can help with the following:

  • Accompany you to the hospital following an assault in order to receive a medical and/or forensic exam. 
  • Explain and help you navigate the Denver Police Department procedures, Title IX procedures, Campus Safety procedures, Student Conduct procedures, and/or District Attorney's procedures
  • Assist you with getting medical bills covered by local grants or through the City of Denver's Victim Compensation Fund.  
  • Arrange for academic assistance 
  • Collaborate with Housing and Residential Education staff to ensure a student's housing is safe and/or help the student get relocated. 
  • Connect you with the Department of Campus Safety to arrange for safe escorts or private self-defense classes.
  • Help you get connected to a therapist on campus or in the community. 

How to contact an advocate:

During business hours, you may call the Director of CAPE at 303-871-3853 or email gillian.kaag@hcc.du.edu to get connected to an advocate.

After hours, the CAPE Helpline exists to assist members of the University of Denver community who have experienced gender-based violence. This includes sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking/harassment. Through the Helpline, trained advocates assist survivors, and any family or friends, to cope with the physical, psychological, judicial and/ or legal aftermath resulting from gender-based violence.

Call the Emergency & Crisis Dispatch Line at 303-871-3000 and ask the dispatcher to speak to the CAPE advocate on-call.  The dispatch person will ask for your phone number so that the advocate can call you back.  You do not need to leave any other information. 

NOTE: Calling for an advocate does not obligate reporting anything to the police or the university, except when there is a significant public safety concern. 

Who are the advocates?

Advocates are counseling staff and trainees who have completed an intensive 40-hour training program. They understand the complexity of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking/harassment–and can assist individuals in making decisions and/or obtaining resources. They are educated about medical, criminal, legal and the university systems and can provide emotional support, information and options.