Victim Advocacy

The university’s Victim Advocacy Program provides assistance to members of the Cornell community who are victims of harmful, threatening, or violent incidents.

Advocates support individuals who have experienced:

  • Sexual assault or rape
  • Violent or potentially violent relationships
  • Stalking
  • Harassment
  • Physical or emotional/mental assault
  • Bias-related incidents
  • Hazing
  • Any other type of victimization

Services

Cornell’s confidential Victim Advocates are trained staff members from Cornell Health, the Women’s Resource Center, and the LGBT Resource Center.

They provide:

  • Personal support and an opportunity to talk about what happened
  • Information and answers to questions about options and resources
  • Help thinking through and deciding on a course of action
  • Accompaniment to meetings, court hearings, etc., or serve as a liaison
  • Connection with campus, community, and state resources for counseling, advising , or reporting
  • Connection with University offices (when appropriate, advocates can work with faculty and staff)

The Victim Advocacy service is free, and designed to help each individual pursue the course of action they feel is best for them.  

Confidentiality: Conversations with a Victim Advocate are private and do not commit you to any future action. Discussions with an Advocate do not constitute making a report or filing a formal complaint. An Advocate will not contact academic or university staff, parents, or others without the client's consent. To assure privacy, the office does not keep formal records for Cornell Health or the University.

Referrals: The Advocates may need to refer the following inquires to other resources: victims of robberies or crimes against property; parties involved in tenant/landlord disputes; roommate / housemate differences or quarrels; and those who feel they've been treated unfairly by professors, teaching assistants, or supervisors within the academic environment.

Contact an Advocate

(Hours:  Monday–Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm)

Call to schedule a face-to-face or phone appointment: 607-255-1212. Though this is not a crisis service, we strive to return messages promptly and schedule appointments as soon as possible.

If you prefer, you may also email victimadvocate@cornell.edu (reminder: email is not secure for confidential communication).

Emergencies

In an emergency or other crisis situation, call 911, or the Cornell Police at 607-255-1111.

Other resources