Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Office

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Amanda Cook and Meaghan Ross

Amanda Cook, the Director, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response and Meaghan Ross, Sexual Violence Response Coordinator

Who we are:

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) supports all members of the University of Waterloo campus community who have experienced, or been impacted, by sexual violence. This includes all students, staff, faculty and visitors on the main campus, the satellite campuses, and at the affiliated and federated Waterloo Institutes and Colleges. 

SVPRO is guided by anti-oppressive, intersectional, trauma-informed, evidence-based and collaborative approaches. This means that we:  

  • Provide supportive responses, deliver education, training and awareness initiatives, and offer consultations and recommendations that are centrered in an anti-oppressive and instersectional analysis
  • Work with individuals from a trauma-informed framework and seek to embed principles of trauma-informed response into all policies and procedures
  • Ground our work in current legislation, robust data and consultation with people with lived experience.
  • Build strong collaborations with campus partners, Kitchener-Waterloo community organizations and with networks of workers addressing gender-based violence on campuses across Ontario and Canada

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What it's like to meet with the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office

 

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    How we support those impacted by sexual violence:

    We work with those who have experienced sexual violence, their supporters, those who have received a disclosure or witnessed sexual violence, as well as those who have caused harm or are alleged to have caused harm.

    With consent from those we are supporting, our office will: 

    • Provide a safe(r) space for people to disclose - in as little or as much detail as they wish - about their experience
    • Discuss resources, both on- and off-campus, that could provide further support or assistance, and provide referrals as directed by those with whom we are working
    • Discuss short term coping strategies
    • Collaborate with departments and units on campus to facilitate requests for academic and workplace accommodations, residence adjustments, safety planning, and other identified needs
    • Review available complaints and reporting options via University policy and/or the police, as directed by those with whom we are working

    Coming to SVPRO does not automatically initiate an investigation; however, if you wish to pursue a formal complaint, SVPRO can support you through the process.   

    Contact us if:  

    • You have experienced sexual violence
    • You have received a disclosure of sexual violence
    • You are supporting someone who has experienced sexual violence
    • You have a question(s) about sexual violence, consent, etc.
    • You have been accused of perpetrating or have caused sexual violence
    • You have witnessed sexual violence or have questions about bystander intervention tips
    • You’d like to invite us to provide education or training, or want to work with us on an awareness initiative

    Additional Priorities:

    In addition to supporting those impacted by sexual violence, we also:

    • Facilitate workshops and trainings and engages in awareness raising activities and events across campus
    • Provide tailored education upon request
    • Participate in events run by University departments to promote our services, and collaborates with campus partners to create consistent #ConsentCulture messaging (examples include the Campus Life Fair and the GSA’s 2019 Safe Love Week)
    • Work with University departments and units to create, and continually review, internal services and responses, safety planning procedures, accommodations, and interim measures provided when sexual violence is disclosed, reported to Campus Police and/or complaints are made via institutional policies
    • Foster mutual relationships with diverse community organizations and networks working to address gender-based violence in order to ensure our work on campus is guided by the expertise and skills of those who have built, sustain and advocate for both survivors of gender-based violence as well as principles of restorative justice
    • Collaboratively co-chair the Sexual Violence Task Force, which is comprised of representatives from across campus
    • Collect data and prepares reporting documents outlining SVPRO’s work and impact - as regulated by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, as well as the University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors