What we do
The Office of Violence Prevention & Education is a grant program funded by the Department of Justice. The Campus Program was created to assist colleges and universities in building effective, comprehensive responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking (DVDVSAS) for students, staff, and faculty.
Our Mission Statement
Guided by our Vincentian values, the Office of Violence Prevention & Education (OVPE) serves to increase dialogue and engage all individuals in prevention, education, and intervention efforts surrounding domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking (DVDVSAS). These actions are effective pathways to elicit a positive impact and reduce incidents of violence and victimization. The Office of Violence Prevention & Education mission is to:
- Educate the campus community about DVDVSAS victimization.
- Make resources available to victims and those that serve them.
- Promote a trauma-informed response to reported incidents of sexual violence.
- Engage all members of the community in prevention, education, and intervention efforts.
Lower Level Gallagher Center, Room 114C
Mon. – Fri. | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mon. – Thu. | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fri. | 8:30 a.m. – noon
There are two kinds of resources:
- Confidential Resource: refers to the ability of identified confidential resources to not report crimes and/or violations to law enforcement or college officials without permission, except for extreme circumstances, such as a health and/or safety emergency.
- Private Resource: refers to Niagara University offices and employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality but will maintain privacy to the greatest extent possible, and information disclosed will be related only as necessary to investigate and/or seek resolution and to notify the Title IX Coordinator or designee, who is responsible for tracking patterns, spotting systematic issues, and providing resources/options.
24/7 Confidential Victim Services
Our campus has a variety of both confidential and private resources that are available to the entire campus community. We have a partnership with the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier who provides our campus with 24 hour, 7 days a week, confidential victim services. They have a 24 hour hotline (call or text) that can be utilized at any time.
Looking to Make a Report?
If you are looking to make a report, please check out our Office for Equity & Inclusion (OEI) for reporting options, complaint forms, policies, and contact information.
Looking to get involved in violence prevention work? Here are some ideas to get you started!
LMSW Director, Office of Violence Prevention & Education
Dr. Jennifer E.
OVW Project Coordinator