Violence Prevention Program
A comprehensive program addressing sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking, the Violence Prevention Program combats violent crimes against women and men on campus. An award from the US Department of Justice supports this work.
We work to strengthen victim/survivor advocacy and services, and to build a coordinated comprehensive education and prevention effort, and create a campus culture that addresses the roots of gender and relationship violence while fostering healthy relationships.
Relationship Violence Awareness Month - October
Stalking Awareness Month - January
Sexual Violence Awareness Month - April
*Free, confidential (see statement below) advocacy services on campus for victims/survivors and concerned persons affected by sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.
*Coordinates the campus efforts to prevent violence.
*Works together with the City of Morris and County of Stevens to provide :
--24 hour crisis hot line Someplace Safe (1-800-974-3359)
--On-Campus confidential crisis intervention
--Advocacy and support services for students, faculty and staff
--Health Care advocacy, making sure appropriate services are offered.
--Support and assistance when filing police reports.
--Assisting in making arrangements for safe housing.
--Legal advocacy, including support in attaining restraining and harassment orders and court appearances.
--Assistance with the Behavior Committee and campus judicial processes.
If you are sexually assaulted, involved in an abusive relationship or being stalked, know that it isn't your fault. Perpetrators are responsible for committing the crime and need to be held accountable for their actions.
Confidentiality -- Release of Information
Any student using The Violence Prevention Program is guaranteed confidentiality of the information they share with the coordinator, advocates and interns.
Students who would like their confidential information to be shared with a third party, i.e. their family members, counselors, staff, faculty, or any other person, will be asked to complete and sign a Release of Information form.
The Violence Prevention Program may break confidentiality in the event that he or she learns that the student is in imminent danger (such as imminent suicidal threat), the student has made an imminent threat against the life of another individual, or a child or vulnerable adult is being abused. The reason for such a break in confidentiality is for the safety of the student and/or others.
Someplace Safe works in collaboration with the Violence Prevention Program, which offers free confidential advocacy services for sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. Services include 24 hour crisis line, crisis intervention, information and referrals; advocacy for medical exams and legal proceedings; support groups; training and education; shelter and safe hotel system; criminal justice monitoring and policy development. Someplace Safe has an office located in Morris and other surrounding communities. An advocate is available to talk with 24 hours a day 7 days a week by calling 800-974-3359.
Stevens County Violence Prevention Task Force
UMM and various community agencies work together to support victims/ survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking in the most effective manner. The Stevens County Violence Prevention Task Force leads a coordinated community response to support victims/survivors and hold perpetrators responsible. Participating agencies include: Violence Prevention Program, Campus Police, Student Counseling, Student Affairs, Someplace Safe, Morris Police Department, Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, Stevens County Attorney’s Office, Stevens Community Medical Clinic, Stevens County Court Administrator, and Stevens County Human Services.
This project is supported by Grant No. 2006-WA-AX-0005 awarded by the Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. department of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.