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 Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) is one of the five planning areas of the grant. 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 (SADVDVS) 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 within the context of the College. This team will:
To cultivate and support a campus environment that is free from sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking through increased education, response, and campus engagement.
The Wilmington College Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) envisions a campus environment where sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking is not tolerated, prevention is emphasized, and responses to survivors on campus are consistent, inclusive, and empowering.
In addition to Wilmington College’s Quaker-inspired core values – integrity, community, diversity, excellence, peace & social justice, respect for all persons, and service & civic engagement – We value:
We oppose the use of all forms of violence and believe that all persons have the right to live without the threat of violence.
We believe that we must earn the trust of the people we serve through transparency and encouragement of thoughtful evaluation of our efforts.
We recognize that students will encounter faculty, staff, and community partners with varying confidentiality terms and will make every effort to educate them on these different terms to ensure they understand the legal and campus obligations of those persons. It is important to us that survivors understand confidentiality terms before sharing their story.
The OVW Campus Program is a three-year grant, but we are dedicated to continuing efforts beyond the grant term. We also recognize that we are responsible for promoting the messaging of the CCRT throughout the year and potentially advocating for structural changes that can ensure messaging is reflected in our campus-wide policies and procedures.
We believe that educating people on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking will significantly impact the prevention of these crimes as well as provide the necessary skills for allyship.
We believe that all survivors have the right to support services that promote self-determination and, within our laws and campus policies, will encourage this in prevention and response systems. We also recognize that as allies, we must take care of ourselves as we continue to support prevention and intervention efforts.
We commit to create an environment for students, faculty, staff, and community partners that fosters critical thinking and initiative.
We believe that prevention and intervention efforts should be inclusive and tailored to the population’s specific needs. Cultural humility requires us to put our assumptions to the side and encourages us to ask questions and listen. We also recognize that prevention programs and resources should be accessible, inclusive, and representative of diverse populations.
We believe that sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are serious crimes and offenders should be held accountable.
The point-of-contact for questions, comments, or concerns regarding grant activities is the OVW Project Director/ Director of Violence Prevention & Education at Wilmington College. Please call 937.481.2325 (x325) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.