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    Counseling and Advocacy

    Eligibility for Services

    The WGRC provides services to The University of Alabama faculty, staff and students, and Shelton State Community College students, regardless of gender, who are victims/survivors of interpersonal violence, as well as family and friends who have been impacted by the abuse. Services are also provided to anyone who is victimized on The University of Alabama campus.

    Examples of issues we address:

    • Sexual Harassment
    • Sexual Assault (including sexual misconduct, attempted rape, or rape)
    • Sexual Exploitation – Example: Someone shares or takes photos of someone without their consent
    • Dating/Domestic Violence between dating and/or intimate partners
    • Past experiences of child abuse
    • Past experience witnessing domestic violence as children, and/or any verbal, emotional, or physical abuse as a child

    Services

    Services may include crisis intervention, advocacy, individual counseling and group therapy. All services are free, confidential, and voluntary.

    We help victims with the following:

    • Emotional support while at the hospital
    • Crisis Counseling
    • Planning for physical and emotional safety
    • Location of safe housing
    • Support groups information
    • Help make arrangements with missed classes and exams
    • Help exploring legal and judicial options
    • Information and referrals
    • Help with applying for funds for costs as a result of being a victim

    Contact Us

    To schedule an appointment, call 205-348-5040. Your first appointment, referred to as an intake, will be a session to gather information, determine what services are needed, and make appropriate referrals.

    There is a victim advocate on call 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays, for crisis intervention. You can reach the advocate by calling the University Police Department at 205-348-5454, asking to speak to the WGRC advocate. You are not required to give any identifying information to the police.

    The Women and Gender Resource Center is located in the South Lawn Office Building at 1101 Jackson Ave, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.

     

    Breaking Free Support Group

    Breaking Free is a support group for students who are victims of interpersonal violence– such as dating/domestic violence, adult survivors of childhood domestic violence (including physical, emotional, sexual, and verbal abuse), sexual assault (including rape, attempted rape, and any form of unwanted sexual activity), sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and stalking.

    The group meets once a week in a safe and confidential environment where students can receive support from others in a group setting.

    For more information, please call the WGRC at (205) 348-5040.

    Breaking Free Support Group