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OVW Campus Program

Addressing sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking

Effective October 1, 2020, the College was awarded the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Campus Program (Campus Program). The OVW Campus Program is a three-year grant that will primarily focus on prevention programming, but it will also strengthen victim services and help to provide trauma-informed trainings for key faculty and staff.

The ultimate objective of the grant activities is to help the college create an effective, comprehensive approach to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking (SADVDVS); a comprehensive approach includes both prevention and intervention and requires a multi-faceted, coordinated effort that engages key stakeholders from the surrounding community and throughout the campus, including students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

 To meet the above objective, there are three overarching program goals:

  • Broad campus and community engagement
  • The reduction of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking
  • Effective intervention

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The overarching grant goals are carried out through five planning areas (click the area title to learn more):

1. Coordinated Community Response Team

In broad terms, a CCRT is an approach communities or institutions use to achieve a shared goal or vision across various disciplines. Specific to the OVW, a CCRT approach ensures a timely, culturally relevant, and respectful response to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking committed on or off campus. This multi-faceted approach is inclusive of prevention (i.e., awareness and education) and intervention (i.e., response and recovery) efforts. The CCRT is composed of campus and community partners who meet regularly to assess, plan, monitor, and evaluate these efforts.

2. Comprehensive Prevention

Implement and operate ongoing, comprehensive prevention education programs for the entire campus community. EPIC Quakers Project will focus on prevention programs.
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3. Student Conduct

Revise and expand regular trainings for all involved with the campus resolution process to include trauma-informed practices.

4. Law Enforcement

Revise and expand regular training for the Campus Safety department to include trauma-informed practices and strengthen the College’s collaborative relationship with Wilmington Police Department.

5. Victim services

Provide 24-hour victim services and advocacy to the campus community by trained individuals, through campus-based intervention efforts and the College’s collaborative relationship with Alternatives to Violence Center.