The Archway sat down with Kelly Boutin, Director of the Hochberg Women’s Center and Pride Center, to ask her about one of the services run through her area called the Advocacy Helpline. Here’s what we found out:
What is the Advocacy Helpline?
Advocacy Helpline is a 24/7 on-call support network for Bryant students of all genders who have experienced Power-Based Personal Violence.
What is Power-Based Personal Violence?
Power-Based Personal Violence is a form of violence that has as a primary motivator the assertion of power, control, and/or intimidation in order to harm another. Examples of Power-Based Violence include: Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking.
Who answers the Advocacy Helpline?
A member from a team of Bryant faculty and staff answers the phone. They have all received training as First Responders in violence, crisis intervention, and support and are familiar with resources for those affected by sexual assault, stalking, domestic violence, or dating violence. First Responders are prepared to help students understand the on and off-campus resources available to them as well as to support students in choosing the course of action the student feels is best for them.
What are some scenarios of when a student could contact the Advocacy Helpline?
- You wake up after a night of partying and notice your underwear is missing and you have bruises all over your body. You don’t know exactly what happened, but know something isn’t right.
- A guy asked you out at the start of the semester. You’re weren’t interested, so you said, “no.” Since then, he won’t stop texting, calling, or DMing you on Instagram. He waits for you outside of your classes and has begun turning up wherever you go on campus. You don’t feel safe and you don’t know what to do.
- Your roommate and her girlfriend have frequent, explosive arguments. You’ve told her you don’t think their relationship is healthy and they should either break up or get some help. Last night, things got physical and they both hit one another. You don’t know how to handle the situation as they both harmed the other and now you don’t feel safe in your room.
What happens when I contact the Advocacy Helpline?
- Your call will be anonymous.
- You will be able to speak with a First Responder
- A First Responder will come to campus to meet with you if you wish.
- A First Responder will be willing to go with you to the hospital or to meet with Bryant’s Department of Public Safety, and/or local law enforcement.
Interested in finding out more about the Advocacy Helpline program or talking to someone about it? Contact Kelly Boutin at firstname.lastname@example.org