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Advocacy Services

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:

  • Education about options for moving forward and resources to help you do so.
  • Information about safety planning, including how to get a civil order of protection (legal) or a No-Contact Order (university).
  • Support and information about how to navigate the university, medical, criminal, and/or legal systems.
  • Accompany you to the hospital following an assault in order to receive a medical evaluation and/or for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Forensic Exam, which is used to collect evidence should you decide to pursue a criminal investigation.
  • Help reporting an incident to the Title IX Office (including having an advocate accompany you for the investigative process).
  • Assistance with reporting an incident to the Denver Police Department or other Law Enforcement agencies (including having an advocate accompany you to the police department).
  • Arrange for academic accommodations.
  • Referrals for individual and/or group counseling options.
  • Skill-building for healthy relationships.
  • Access to the HCC Gender Resource Library.

How to contact an advocate:

Daytime Advocacy:

During normal business hours (M-F 8am-4:30pm), contact the Coordinator of CAPE Advocacy Services, Kayla Ham, at 303-871-3853 or email CAPE@du.edu.

If you are having a mental health or gender violence emergency and need immediate support, call the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) Counselor on Call at 303-871-2205, or present to the HCC inside the Ritchie Center, 3rd floor, North side.

After-hours Crisis:

The Counselor on Call is available via phone after-hours on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays to assist members of the University of Denver community who are experiencing a crisis related to mental health and/or gender violence. Call the Counselor on Call at 303-871-2205.

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 have completed an intensive 40-hour training program. They understand the complexity of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment and can assist individuals in making their own decisions about how to move forward and accessing resources. They are educated about medical, criminal, legal and university systems and can provide emotional support, information, and options.