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Domestic Violence Reporting and Resources

Section 1

April 1, 2020

To All Members of the UC Irvine Community:

As a campus, UC Irvine has taken critical steps to protect our community and prevent continued spread of the COVID-19 virus. These steps have included following directives from federal, state and University leadership to stay home, avoid crowds, and promote social distancing. These are all vitally important actions for us to take at this time.

UCI CARE, Faculty and Staff Support Services, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (OEOD) and UCIPD collectively recognize that staying at home and experiencing social isolation can create additional risk and may be dangerous for some members of our community, especially those experiencing relationship or family violence. Concerns about virus transmission introduce new tactics that may be used to impose control or manipulate a partner, and social distancing restrictions may create additional challenges related to safety, health, and confidentiality. External factors such as economic and health insecurity can add stress and create circumstances that further compromise safety.

UCI takes reports of sexual and domestic violence seriously and responds promptly and effectively to reports of such conduct. We are committed to continuing to support our UCI students, staff, and faculty who are affected by sexual violence or quarantined at home with an abuser. All services continue to be available, including assistance with workplace, academic, and housing accommodations.

Everyone can play a role: our campus community practices bystander intervention. We encourage those who are able to do so safely to continue practicing bystander intervention. Thank you for your partnership in creating a safe and harassment-free community.

Finally, sexual harassment and sexual violence are prohibited by law and by university policy. All employees, unless they are specifically designated by policy as confidential employees, are Responsible Employees and are required to report such incidents to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

In support of our campus community, we have compiled the following list of resources to offer support and assistance for those in need:

UCI Remote Resources:

  • CARE provides free and confidential support services to all members of the UCI community (students, staff, faculty and affiliates) affected by sexual assault, relationship abuse, family violence and/or stalking. During limited campus operations, secure and confidential CARE Advocacy services continue to be available remotely. CARE staff are able to provide updated information about changes to court schedules, forensic exams and community resources. Advocacy services may include answering questions, providing information about rights and options, supportive measures that promote safety and well-being (for example: academic, employment or housing changes), virtual accompaniment to interviews and appointments, safety planning, financial support, and referrals to other services and resources. Video and phone appointments may be made by calling the CARE office at (949) 824-7273 or by email atcare@uci.edu. Additional information, as well as resources to support healing or coping, can be found at care.uci.edu and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • UCI Faculty/Staff Support Services provides free/confidential virtual individual or group consultation via Zoom and support to resolve behavioral health issues, serves as a primary crisis intervention resource to facilitate and coordinate appropriate resources, provides time-limited case management for individual employees, and develops and implements instructional training and materials to assist in the promotion of mental well-being for all faculty and staff. We offer support for a wide range of issues (including: work related stress, relationship/couples issues, family problems, depression, anxiety, or other emotional problems, grief and loss, alcohol, drug and other addictions), consultations and training services for faculty and staff management. You can reach Dr. Negar Shekarabi at 949-824-5208 or nshekara@uci.edu
  • Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity is the neutral office on UCI's campus and medical center that responds to questions, concerns, or complaints related to discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence (including relationship violence, stalking, and sexual assault) and ensures compliance with state and federal law and university policy. Our policies and guidelines on sexual violence, sexual harassment, and nondiscrimination are available online. OEOD can provide guidance and consultation and resolve complaints informally, through an alternative resolution, or formally through an administrative investigation. The OEOD investigation is not a criminal process. If applicable, investigations at UCIPD and OEOD can be coordinated. Regardless of whether a formal complaint is filed, OEOD is able to assist with supportive and remedial measures such as changes to housing, changes to classes or work schedules, academic assistance, leaves of absence, withdrawals and extensions, financial aid assistance, Visa assistance, workplace accommodations, and providing information on University-issued "no contact orders" and "stay away orders." During limited campus operations, OEOD's services continue to be available remotely using Zoom. Reports to OEOD can be filed online through OEOD's website, via email to oeod@uci.edu, or by calling (949) 824-5594.
  • UCIPD provides a timely response to those experiencing crimes, including sex offenses. The UC Irvine Police Department encourages the University community, including students, to immediately contact the Department by dialing 911 or (949) 824-5223 to report crimes. Please note that UCIPD can assist in referrals to other police departments in Orange County and can take courtesy reports for other police stations. The UC Irvine Police Department is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Safety escort resources are available during the limited campus operations.
  • Counseling Center offers free and confidential short-term and crisis counseling by licensed mental health providers to all students on an urgent basis, or by appointment. During limited campus operations, the Counseling Center is operating remotely. Referrals to off-campus psychotherapeutic and psychiatric providers are also available through the Counseling Center. To schedule routine appointments, or for urgent care or any other inquiry during business hours (Monday through Friday 8am-5pm), leave a message by calling (949) 824-6457. Your call will be returned within 2 hours during normal business hours. If you CANNOT wait two hours to be called back, please call (949) 824-6457 and select option 2 to speak with a counselor by phone. For life threatening emergencies, please call 911, call UCI Campus Police at (949) 824-5223, or go to your nearest emergency room. For urgent concerns when the Counseling Center is closed on Campus/National Holidays or weekends, call (949) 824-6457 and select option 2 to speak with a counselor by phone. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255 or text "Home" to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, confidential benefit that can help address personal or work-related issues faced by UCI faculty, staff, retirees and dependents at both the UCI Campus and UC Irvine Health. This service, staffed by experienced clinicians, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guidance Resources are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for crisis and non-crisis circumstances. Guidance Resources can assist with: marital conflict, interpersonal difficulties, conflict at work, depression or anxiety, stress management, family relationships, financial legal or consumer concerns, referrals to community resources, alcohol or drug abuse, loss, and personal decision making. Phone: (844) 824-3273. View the full EAP Coronavirus Toolkit.
  • In addition, UCI Health offers tips on managing stress, taking care of your mental health, and tips for helping children cope with the COVID-19 crisis.

Community Resources:
The following community-based resources are also available to provide assistance.

Domestic Violence Assistance and Emergency Shelters:

  • Human Options is an Orange County community resource that provides assistance to victims of domestic and dating violence and their families. Human Options Services provides emergency shelter and transitional living programs, including: safe housing, counseling, legal advocacy, case management and job readiness training for survivors and their children. Human Options provides long-term support to help rebuild lives through the Children and Families Counseling Center. They additionally provide a domestic violence hotline at 1-877-854-3594. http://humanoptions.org/contact/
  • Laura's House is an Orange County community agency that supports families experiencing the effects of domestic violence who are in need of emergency shelter, support, education and counseling. They also provide crisis intervention, legal support, transitional housing, children's programs and education to the community on the effects and prevention of domestic violence, including technology abuse. Hotline: (866) 498-1511. On-line chat: Text "HEART" to (949) 484-8440 to chat with an advocate online. https://www.laurashouse.org/
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 24/7, confidential and free: 1-800-799-7233 and through chat. See Staying Safe During COVID-19 and the Safety Planning page from the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
  • Love is Respect also offers interactive safety plan ideas.

Sexual Assault Assistance:

  • Waymakers is an Orange County community resource that provides certified sexual assault counselors twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week via a rape crisis hotline, and to police departments and hospitals, and through two rape crisis centers. Waymakers advocates are available remotely during this time.Comprehensive and confidential services are provided to victims of rape and other sexual assaults, sexually abused children, and their family members.https://waymakersoc.org/
    • Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline (South Orange County) (949) 831-9110
    • Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline (North Orange County) (714) 857-2737

We know the current situation is extremely challenging. We will monitor evolving concerns and we remain dedicated to delivering services to our students, staff, and faculty impacted by sexual violence during this time.

Tierney Anderson
Interim Title IX Officer
Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity

Mandy Mount, Ph.D
Director
UCI CARE

Elizabeth Griffin
Police Chief
UCIPD

Dr. Negar Shekarabi 
Coordinator
Faculty and Staff Support Services