CARE

For Victims/Survivors

Hello.

My name is Jen Adler and I am the Director of CARE's Victim Advocacy at UNC Wilmington. CARE is UNCW’s program for the prevention of and response to interpersonal violence and the campus resource for healthy relationships. As the campus resource for Victim Advocacy, we are a confidential resource and we are here to provide information and emotional support and ultimately, we are here to be your ally. The most important aspect of our job is to offer compassion and empathy to the people with whom we work. Our goal is to work with you to examine problems and work towards resolutions that are right for you and your life. You are the expert of your life and your situation and while we can help you examine your options, we want to support you in making the decisions that work best for you.

Services provided by an advocate include:

  • Crisis counseling and emotional support
  • Confidentially answer questions about options
  • Safety planning
  • Accompaniment to medical options (including health center and hospital for evidence collection and/or preventative medications)
  • Accompaniment to court (including criminal court or domestic violence protective order applications and hearings)
  • Accompaniment to Title IX reporting and interviews

UNC Wilmington has a Gender-Based/Sexual Misconduct Policy in order to increase the safety of the campus and increase protection of our community from the dangers of perpetrators of sexual assault. This policy states that all staff and faculty, including RAs, are mandated to report incidents of sexual misconduct, relationship abuse and stalking to the Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance. There are three offices that are able to maintain confidentiality and are not mandated to submit Title IX sexual misconduct reports; they are the Abrons Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, and the CARE Office. A CARE Victim Advocate can explore options with you while maintaining your confidentiality and can serve as a liaison with any other departments or agencies that may become involved with assisting you. That may include the Title IX meetings, but could also include working with the police department, court systems, Housing and Residence Life, or others on your behalf.

Remember:

  • It is not your fault! Regardless of any circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted or abused in a relationship.
  • It is your choice to report right away or not. If there is any possibility that you may consider prosecuting, preserve all physical evidence, including clothing as well as everything in the area in which the assault occurred. If there have been threats, save email, text messages, or voice mail when possible.

Our job is to provide information and support before, during, and after meetings with each system and/or department and to be your ally each step along the way. At the CARE office, we work hard to make sure you are provided with the best support possible. We are able to be reached 24/7 at our Crisis Line (910) 512-4821. Please don’t hesitate to utilize our services.

Sincerely, Jen Adler, CARE Director