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The CAPE Helpline: A confidential hotline for the DU community

Call the CAPE Hotline at 303-871-3000 and ask to speak to the CAPE advocate on-call.  

What is the CAPE Helpline?

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.

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.

Advocates can talk to you about and answer questions on the following:

  • The many options for reporting or not reporting
  • The Hospital process including what a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) exam is
  • Denver Police Department procedures
  • Title IX procedures
  • Campus Safety procedures
  • Student Conduct Office procedures
  • District Attorney's procedures
  • Victim compensation - financial reimbursement for costs incurred due to crime
  • Academic accommodations
  • Common responses following an assault
  • Qualities of a healthy and unhealthy relationship
  • Safety planning
  • Survivor empowerment

How to contact an advocate:

Call the Emergency & Crisis Dispatch Line at 303-871-3000 24/7 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. 

During business hours, you may call the Center for Advocacy, Prevention and Empowerment at 303-871-3853 or email the CAPE Program Director at gillian.kaag@hcc.du.edu to get connected to an advocate.  

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.