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Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Health & Counseling Center

CAPE

Advocacy Services

AT CAPE, AN ADVOCATE CAN:

  • Provide a free, safe, & confidential space for any DU community member impacted by gender violence to talk about what happened, including survivors and their friends & loved ones.

  • Help survivors navigate the university, medical, criminal, and/or legal systems.

  • Assist survivors with obtaining a civil order of protection (legal) or a no-contact order (University).

  • Accompany survivors to the hospital following an assault in order to receive a medical evaluation &/or for a SANE forensic exam, which is used to collect evidence should the survivor decide to pursue a criminal investigation.

  • Discuss options for financial assistance.

  • Help report an incident to the Title IX Office (including having an advocate accompany you for the investigative process).

  • Assist with reporting an incident to the Denver Police Department or other Law Enforcement agencies (including having an advocate accompany you to the police station).

  • Connect a survivor to a therapist on campus or in the community and/or with group counseling options.

  • Arrange for temporary academic accommodations.

  • Skill-build for developing healthy relationships.

  • Collaborate with Campus Safety to arrange for private escorts &/or self-defense courses.

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 [email protected].

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.

Advocates are not counselors, although they can help connect individuals with a mental health therapy provider, if requested.