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How can an advocate help me?

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
  • Counseling options on campus and in the community

How to contact an advocate:

During business hours, you may call the Director of CAPE at 303-871-3853 or email 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.