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UNCG opens Campus Violence Response Center

photo of studentsOn Thursday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m., during UNCG’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week, is the official grand opening of the innovative Campus Violence Response Center (CVRC). The opening event will feature a slideshow, tours, refreshments and remarks from the staff and local representatives from state agencies.

The center is dedicated to responding to students who report an assault incident, with an emphasis on the victim’s convenience and comfort. Established through a recent grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, and developed by UNCG Title IX Coordinator Murphie Chappell, the CVRC increases victim support and streamlines the reporting of incidents on campus. The CVRC will have three primary staff members, in addition to the advisory support of Chappell and Katie Vance of the Title IX Office.

“A lot of campuses have the various pieces similar to this but with this place, we’re bringing the services to the victim,” said Chappell. “We’ve created a comfortable, confidential space where people can go and get an immediate response.”

Dr. Christine Murray, director of the Healthy Relationships Initiative and associate professor in UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development, pointed to the CVRC’s innovation in bringing an adapted version of the Family Justice Center model to campus response.

“It brings a variety of resources for victims under one roof,” she said. “Our campus community is fortunate to have this new center to bring that type of coordinated care to UNCG.”

Lauren Rivenbark has joined UNCG as the CVRC counselor. Rivenbark worked at the Collaboration for Assault Response & Education Center at UNC Wilmington before and after earning her master’s degree in social work, in addition to serving as a counselor at a rape crisis center in Wilmington.

Tia Jarrell, who serves as the navigator, or first point of contact for the center, worked for the Title IX Office and the Dean of Students Office as a UNCG undergraduate.

In addition to responding to students reporting incidents, Rivenbark and Jarrell will initiate a support and discussion group that will meet beside the center, in Gove 015, every Thursday.

CVRC will work closely with UNCG Police, and campus outreach partners also include the Dean of Students Office, Housing and Residence Life, Office of Intercultural Engagement, Recreation and Wellness, the Counseling Center, the Center for Women’s Health and Wellness and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Their community partners include the Family Justice Center, the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Family Services of the Piedmont.

The Campus Violence Response Center is located on the ground floor of the Gove Student Health Center. More information is available on the CVRC website: cvrc.uncg.edu.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Visual, l-r: Katie Vance, Murphie Chappell, Lauren Rivenbark, Tia Jarrell