CARE to Stop Violence

HOURS

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

  • General Information

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

  • Crisis Cell

    (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. 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.

CARE to Stop Violence Advocacy, Education, and Outreach Services

CARE to Stop Violence is your free and confidential campus resource for incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual harassment affecting all genders of the University community.

How We Help

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 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 University Health Center Peer Educators and student presenters 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!

Office Closures

Winter Break 2018

Due to the upcoming holiday, the CARE office and crisis cell will have changes in service.

Office closures:

The CARE Office (Advocacy) will be closed Friday, December 21st for the Christmas Holiday and will reopen Wednesday, January 2nd at 9 am.

The crisis cell nonoperational hours:

The crisis cell will be nonoperational (including texts) on the following days/nights: 

Friday, December 21st through Wednesday, January 2nd  at 9am.

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

If you need to speak with someone, the following resources provide information and assistance for victims of sexual assault and relationship violence:

Family Crisis Center of PG County (Relationship Violence):

  • 24-hour Crisis Intervention Hotline (301) 731-1203
  • Crisis intervention
  • Emergency Shelter

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

  • The 24 hour hotline often serves as the first point of contact to the FCC for individuals who are seeking help, support, and information. Our staff is available to help individuals in crisis discover the skills and resources that they need to allow them to develop solutions to maximize self-sufficiency.

Prince George’s Hospital - Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center:

  • 24 hour hotline 301-618-3154
  • The DV/SAC offers a full range of services to victims/survivors of sexual and relationship violence such as Crisis Counseling, Follow-up Counseling, Sexual Assault Forensic Exams and Victim Advocacy

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 

1143 Susquehanna Hall

University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742

(301) 405-1142

TitleIXCoordinator@umd.edu