CARE to Stop Violence


  • M-F 9:00AM-5:00PM
    Appointment Needed

  • General Information

  • 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.

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. 

We understand that the intersections of trauma and identity impact every aspect of a survivor’s experience with violence, access to resources, and journey toward healing. CARE is committed to providing inclusive and anti-racist services for all members of the UMD community.

How We Help

Summer Break Operations 2022

If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911

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Due to summer break, the CARE office and crisis cell will have changes in service. Please
continue to visit the website for further updates.

CARE Office Closures:
The CARE Office will be closed May 25th in observance of Memorial Day, June 20th in observance of Juneteenth, and July 5th in observance of Independence Day.

CARE Crisis Line Operational Changes:

The crisis line will be forwarded afterhours, weekends, and holidays during the summer (May 23, 2022- Aug 29,2022) to advocates at UM's Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center Advocates can process feelings related to relationship violence and sexual assault as well as answer questions about Sexual Assault Forensic Exams (SAFE).

During weekday business hours (excluding holidays), CARE advocates will be answering the
crisis line.


If you have questions related to CARE services/University resources you can email as CARE is staffed throughout the summer. CARE email is not monitored afterhours, holidays or weekends.

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* If for some reason you would like to call the UM’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center directly you can reach them on their 24 hr hotline at 240-677-2337

**Text is not a HIPPA secure form of communication. Please call if able.


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: 

  • 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 virtually, or in-person.
  • Email to schedule your appointment. If you choose to have a virtual session, you will then be sent some paperwork to fill out prior to your appointment. 
  • If your session is in-person, you will have some paperwork to fill out at our office. 

Prevention Updates: 

  • Education and Outreach initiatives have moved to both virtual and in-person formats. 

For any prevention questions, email This is monitored Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.

Crisis Cell: 301-741-3442 - 24/7 during the Fall and Spring semesters. This line will be forwarded to UM Capital DV/Sexual Assault Center (240-677-2337) after business hours in the summer and for holiday closures year round.

The CARE office will be closed during University Holidays.

While this uncertain time may be difficult, remember that you have everything within you to get through this and heal. We are still here for you! Thank you!


We Respond


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  


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!

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!

Choosing to Report to the Title IX Office

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 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.

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