CARE to Stop Violence

HOURS

  • M-F 9:00AM-5:00PM
    No Appointment Needed

  • General Information

    (301) 314-2222
    uhc-care@umd.edu

  • Crisis Line

    (301) 741-3442

    Available 24 hours during Fall and Spring Semester

     

Your well-being and healing is our priority.  

Campus Advocates Respond and Educate to Stop Violence (CARE) keeps information private and confidential.  You can tell us as much or as little as you want to; you can even be anonymous. CARE is not an official reporting entity; we are a resource that can help you navigate your options and connect you with the appropriate resources.

The University of Maryland is committed to providing resources and options for those impacted by sexual assault, dating or domestic violence.  View the University of Maryland’s Sexual Misconduct Policy at ocrsm.umd.edu. According to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, sexual harassment is prohibited. Under Title IX, sexual assault is considered a form of sexual harassment.

About CARE to Stop Violence

The following video will provide you with basic information about CARE, our services, and how to get in contact with our office.

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, and Spanish Closed Captions are available!

CARE to Stop Violence Advocacy, Education, and Outreach Services

Campus Advocates Respond and Educate (CARE) to Stop Violence provides free, confidential advocacy and therapy services to primary and secondary survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment, while simultaneously empowering the campus community to prevent violence through educational presentations, events, and outreach activities. 

How We Help

COVID-19 Operations

CARE is operating a little differently than normal. All of our services (advocacy, therapy, education, and outreach) are still operational and our emails are monitored Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. 

Clinical Updates: 

  • CARE’s 24-hour crisis line remains available seven days a week for urgent needs.
  • Advocacy and therapy appointments continue to be available for clients Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
  • Walk-in appointments are not available due to COVID, however, we can still make same day appointments in-person or virtually. 
  • Limited in-person advocacy and therapy appointments can be scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
  • Email uhc-care@umd.edu to schedule your appointment. You will then be sent some paperwork to fill out prior to your appointment. 

Prevention Updates: 

  • Education initiatives have moved to virtual-only formats:
    • Step Up! bystander intervention courses have moved online. This includes programs for first-year students enrolled in UNIV100 and programs for student athletes.
    • Mandatory online trainings for first-year students will be virtual as in previous years. Second-year trainings will be delayed until later in the fall semester.
    • All educational workshops will be made available to student organizations, academic classrooms, and staff departments virtually.
    • To schedule a workshop, fill out our request form found at: go.umd.edu/careworkshops
  • Outreach initiatives have moved to virtual-only formats:
    • All CARE 101 and outreach presentations will be made available virtually.
    • Student and community engagement efforts will continue through online programs, social media, and new creative initiatives led by our Outreach Peers. Stay up to date by following CARE on social media!

For any questions, email uhc-care-prevention@umd.edu. This is monitored Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.

 

We Respond

Advocacy

CARE Advocacy is a free, walk-in and confidential resource provided by trained mental health staff and advocates.  

The advocate’s role is to provide you with emotional support in a safe and judgment-free environment. By speaking with an advocate, you can begin to process feelings you may find confusing, overwhelming and even frightening at times. They can also refer you to various resources both on and off campus that you may find helpful as you begin your journey.

Although every advocacy session is different, a typical session may last 30-45 mins. You are not limited to just one visit to CARE. You can visit the office as many times as needed in order to obtain the emotional support and resources you desire.

In addition to providing emotional support/crisis intervention, advocates can assist you in many other ways. Advocates can:

  • Assist in explaining and connecting you with your reporting options. These options include University of Maryland Police Department (UMPD) and community law enforcement as well as the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (OCRSM) 
  • Accompany you and act as a support when you attend meetings with law enforcement, OCRSM and the hospital if needed
  • Assist you in obtaining a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) at UM Prince George’s Hospital Center or a Sexual Assault Focused Exam at the Health Center (available for all genders)
  • Assist you in obtaining a Peace and  Protective Order through the courts 
  • Secure transportation to the hospital or court house if needed
  • Assist in providing temporary housing placement
  • Refer you to community legal assistance
  • Assist you in scheduling short term therapy with a CARE therapist and/or provide community mental health referrals
  • Provide limited academic support
  • Provide limited financial assistance (example: rent, food, medical costs related to the traumatic event)
  • Support family and friends  

Therapy

CARE Therapy is centered around honoring victims, survivors, witnesses, and supporters affected by power-based violence, in a validating, de-pathologized, and safe manner. CARE Therapy offers holistic and inclusive trauma-informed treatment approaches based in resourcing, reframing, and normalizing the effects of trauma, and focuses on bolstering internal safety, identifying realistic coping strategies, and reclaiming parts of life that feel lost.

Our CARE Therapists are experienced in a diverse range of therapeutic modalities including Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). CARE Therapy embraces the perspective that you are the expert on your life, and we strive to help you skillfully access your own inner wisdom through creative coping skills and empowering processing techniques, in a culturally sensitive, appropriately paced, and safe manner.

Seeking Help

We at CARE understand that seeking help of any kind after a traumatic event can be extremely difficult and frightening. In seeking help, there is often self blame and fear of judgment. You may have had uncomfortable experiences in the past when you tried to seek help from other resources. The decision of if and when to obtain help is very personal. Please know that CARE is here to support you and that it’s never too late to seek help.

We Educate

CARE works to prevent acts of violence by educating the University of Maryland community through presentations, events, tabling, and more!

The CARE to Stop Violence Peer Educators and staff members are highly skilled and thoroughly trained to provide FREE, unbiased, 50-minute interactive workshops. Presentations are available to classrooms, student organizations, Greek organizations, residence halls, and departments.

CARE can also assist you if you’re hosting an event, workshop, or program. CARE Outreach Peers and Peer Educators are available to table at your event, provide a brief informational announcement about CARE to the audience, or help you plan your event.

Please visit our Get Educated and Involved section to learn more about our education and outreach services and how to request them!

Women of Color Trauma Therapy Group

This group is open to students who have experienced sexual or relationship violence and identify as a woman of color. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. This is a closed, process-oriented therapy group grounded in the principles of multicultural feminism and womanism. Participants will begin to explore and process their experiences of trauma and learn strategies to foster internal safety. Please contact Maryam Elbalghiti-Williams, LCSW-C at melbalgh@umd.edu to schedule a brief screening and register. Group is capped at 8 participants. Registration ends October 8. Learn more about CARE at https://health.umd.edu/CARE

The group will meet: Mondays @ 3pm-4:30pm. 

10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30

Image promoting the trauma therapy group.

Choosing to Report to the Title IX Office

If you choose to report, the University of Maryland’s Title IX Coordinator can be reached at:

Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct 

3101 Susquehanna Hall

University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742

(301) 405-1142

TitleIXCoordinator@umd.edu