Responding to Interpersonal Violence
Although UNCW strives to have a safe, secure campus, violence can occur anywhere. Several campus offices have teamed up to create a comprehensive violence prevention and education response plan to prevent interpersonal violence and to support its victims.
- At least 1 in 5 college women has been the victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault.
- Of women who are assaulted, more than 8 in 10 knew their assailants.
- In the United States, 5 in 100 women and 1 in 100 men reported at last one stalking incident that resulted in a high level of fear during the past year.
- More than 1 in 5 women in the United States reported being assaulted by a partner during their lifetime.
Faculty and Staff Responsibilities
It is not an employee's responsibility to determine whether an assault actually occurred or to confront alleged perpetrators. Some university employees are required to notify UNCW Police about a resported sexual assault.
Always refer students or co-workers who report sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking to the CARE: Collaboration for Assault Response & Education office and/or the UNCW Police for information and support. CARE works confidentially with students who may need information and support after experiencing assault or attempted assault, relationship abuse or stalking. Keep in mind that referring a student does not mean that the student will be required to pursue legal or judicial action.
Those who work for UNCW Police, Dean of Students, Campus Recreation, University Union and Athletics, are required by law (Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990) to notify UNCW Police that a sexual assault has been reported to them. Other faculty and staff are encouraged to share reports and information regarding violent or criminal activity that may help UNCW Police maintain community safety.
Reports can me made while maintaining the anonymity of the person who alleged an assault or other crime. For example, Student Health Services and the Counseling Center, while not required by law to use the anonymous notification, typically will do so with student consent. An employee's report it is not an official report and does not need to name the victim.
How to Respond
If a student discloses a violence-related concern to you, it is important that the student is referred to the CARE office or confidentially informs the university of the assault by using the UNCW's anonymous notification procedures.
- Provide information about how to connect with CARE by calling 910.962.CARE or 24/7 after hours at 910.512.4821.
- Encourage the student to contact UNCW Police at 910.962.2222 or 911.
- Allow the student to make their own decisions about how to proceed.
- Support for yourself as a helper by calling 910.962.CARE.
- Ask for details. Good intentions may be experienced as intrusion.
- Tell students what they "should" or "must" do.
- Make statements or ask questions that unintentionally imply victim-blaming ("How much were you drinking?").
- Make judgments about the student's reactions or behaviors. It is normal for people to respond to a traumatic experience in a wide variety of ways.
The sooner you refer a student to CARE or other campus resources, the more easier and more effective the referral process will be.
The UNCW Collaboration for Assault Response Education (CARE) office is a resource for victims of harassment, interpersonal violence and sexual assault.
- Information, support and crisis response
- Expert advice about how to encourage a victim who is reluctant to discuss their situation
- Support for faculty and staff as student mentors
- Help to clarify appropriate responses to those who need assistance
Where to Go
CARE - 910.962.CARE or 910.512.4821
Counseling Center - 910.962.3746
Housing and Residence Life - 910.962.3241
Human Resources - 910.962.3160
Office of the Dean of Students - 910.962.3119
Student Health Services - 910.962.3280
UNCW Police - 910.962.2222 or 911
Cape Fear Hospital - 910.452.8100
Domestic Violence Services - 910.343.0703
New Hanover Medical Center - 910.343.7000
Rape Crisis Center - 910.392.7460 or 910.392.7408
Sheriff's Department - 910.341.4200
Wilmington Police Department - 910.343.3600 or 911