Welcome to the Office of Victim Assistance (OVA).
OVA provides free and confidential information, consultation, support, advocacy, and short term counseling services to University of Colorado Boulder students, faculty, and staff who have experienced a traumatic, disturbing, or life disruptive event. OVA is not a part of the police department or the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance. OVA is confidential and responds to situations involving physical assault and hazing, bias motivated incidents, death, discrimination and harassment including sexual harassment, intimate partner abuse, serious accidents, sexual assault and stalking, as well as other potentially traumatic situations.
One does not need to identify with the word "victim" to use OVA services. Click here to learn more about our name.
In addition to counseling, OVA can provide advocacy services. Advocacy can vary based on the persons needs but can include informing people of their rights and reporting options, safety planning, and assistance with navigating systems ( academic, administrative, criminal, and more). OVA will support the individual in whatever they decide is best for them. Regardless if an individual chooses to report or not, the individual has rights and options. OVA can assist in navigating systems and advocate to address the individuals needs confidentially whether it is working with academic, employment, medical, administrative, law enforcement, and other systems.
Consultation and Support for Friends Providing Support to an Impacted Individual
OVA is also here to consult with and provide support to friends and family of individuals who have experienced a traumatic or life disruptive event. OVA can offer guidance on how to support the individual, answer questions regarding systems and options, as well as provide direct support to the impacted friend or family member.
The OVA Mission
The Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) works towards a safer, more socially just and supportive campus community by providing culturally relevant trauma response and prevention services.
Location: Center for Community (C4C), suite S440.
Confidentiality is an essential part of the work in OVA. All aspects of participation in services at OVA, including appointments, content of counseling and advocacy sessions, and any records that we keep are confidential as outlined by federal and state law. Communication between OVA staff and its clients may only be disclosed when the client signs a release of information form authorizing such disclosure. Counseling and advocacy records are maintained in files completely separate from the academic or employment records and cannot be accessed by campus or community systems without the client's signed authorization.
There are exceptions to confidentiality (please see section 12-43-218 of the Colorado Revised Statutes for more information):
- Disclosures of suspected child or elder abuse or neglect.
- The client may be in imminent danger to themselves or others.
- Client becomes gravely disabled.
- If you are under the age of 18.
- When a disclosure is made necessary by legal proceedings.
- Information requested by a government agency to prevent terrorism under the Patriot Act.
Please contact our office with questions or concerns regarding confidentiality.
EMAIL POLICY STATEMENT: While OVA’s services are confidential, due to the nature of electronic communication, we cannot assure you that e-mail is as secure as face-to-face or phone conversation. Please bear this in mind when communicating via email. Email is also NOT APPROPRIATE for urgent or emergency messages. Incase of emergency, please either CALL 911, Campus Police, 303-492-6666, OVA, 303-492-8855, or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.
CU Office of Victim Assistance
The Office of Victim Assistance offers free confidential information, counseling, advocacy and support to all University of Colorado Boulder students, staff, and faculty.
- Boulder Community Hospital
- Boulder County District Attorney's Office
- Boulder County Sheriff’s Department
- Boulder Police Department
- Community Health
- Counseling & Psychiatric Services, C4C
- Counseling and Psychiatric Services, WHS
- CU Hazing Tip Line
- Cultural Unity and Engagement
- CU Police Department
- CU Veteran’s Services
- Disability Services
- Faculty & Staff Assistance
- GLBTQ Resource Center
- Moving to End Sexual Assault
- Off Campus Student Housing and Neighborhood Relations
- Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance
- Office of Student Conduct
- Ombuds Office
- Residence Life
- Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence
- Survivors Organizing for Liberation (previously Colorado Anti Violence Program)
- Wardenburg Student Health Services
- Women’s Resource Center
OVA is a member of the Division of Student Affairs. We report to the Dean of Students/Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The Division of Student Affairs values the diverse backgrounds, histories, identities and life experiences of every member of our community. We strive toward inclusive excellence in making our policies, processes, and actions socially just and equitable. We celebrate and embrace differences. We are committed to welcoming and including diverse groups and perspectives in building a climate in which all members can thrive in an environment where they feel at home, welcome and safe.
Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) Non-discrimination Statement
The Office of Victim Assistance values diversity and inclusion. We support students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The Office of Victim Assistance shall maintain and promote a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status. We acknowledge that culturally relevant trauma services is an ongoing process of learning that begins by looking within ourselves and honoring basic human rights. As individuals and as an agency, we are committed to responding effectively to social-cultural diversity.