The Office for Sexual Violence Response and Healthy Relationship Promotion has partnered with Crisis Intervention Services out of Oskaloosa, and Domestic Violence Services in Des Moines, IA, to create a program on Drake's campus operated by trained and state certified student response advocates, called Violence Intervention Partner, or VIP.
The primary goal of VIP is to assist Drake University students with confidential compassionate, informed sexual and dating violence response support 24 hours a day during in session school semesters (Fall/Spring). VIP advocates can also serve students, staff and faculty who would like to consult with an advocate for resources and referrals to offer to students in need or to receive helpful information about healthy relationship dynamics.
Services in which advocates will be able to assist will include, but are not limited to,
VIP’s unique model as a student-run program provides VIP Drake student members an opportunity to obtain specialized professional credentials in the field of social services and develop a sense of personal growth and development through knowledge of social justice issues related to gender violence and healthy relationship dynamics.
The uniqueness of this approach of having a confidential peer-based program is critical in a victim-centered response to crimes of this nature that are often not reported. Another benefit to VIP is that services and information about sexual and dating violence will be streamlined and centralized to specialists on campus, whom will help build a strong coordinated community response. Through this initiative, students will be actively raising awareness about such mental health and wellness issues on campus and offer to provide direct crisis intervention outreach when needed.