Victim Advocate Information
The Victim Advocate provides nonjudgmental, confidential support to student survivors of gender-based violence. “Confidential support” means they will not release any information without your consent. Additionally, speaking with a Victim Advocate DOES NOT start a formal misconduct or criminal process, unless you want to access those options. The Victim Advocate is trained to help students navigate options and services on campus and in the community.
If you or someone you know has experienced gender-based violence, we are here to help. We are here to listen, support, and provide you with resources and options—you do not have to face the situation alone! The Center for Survivor Support offers a number of services including education and training, information and referral, crisis intervention, and advocacy for survivors of gender-based violence.
A victim advocate will provide our student survivors with:
- confidential support to student survivors of gender-based violence.
- “Confidential support” means they will not release any information without your consent.
- 24 hour-a-day support, information, referrals, and advocacy. The advocate will respond to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital or Ball State Police Department after hours, 24/7 to provide emotional support and guidance.
- support to individuals who have been victimized, whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past
- assistance with the exploration of options and accessing community resources, including filing for a protective order
- accompaniment to court, meetings, hearings involving the criminal justice system or Ball State student conduct process with the Office of Student Conduct
- act as a liaison between the survivor and the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office
- inform individuals of their Indiana victim rights
While CSS is able to offer many valuable services, our Victim Advocates are not able to provide counseling. We recognize that when students have experienced or been accused of gender-based violence, talking with a professional may be helpful. Any student involved in the sexual misconduct process at Ball State is welcome to contact the Ball State Counseling Center at 765-285-1736 to schedule an appointment with a therapist.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please call us at 765-285-3775, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org