Domestic Violence Resources During COVID-19

JMU Survivor Advocacy services act as a safe, confidential, welcoming, and inclusive resource for JMU students impacted by sexual violence, relationship abuse, or stalking, whether recently or in the past. We also serve family, friends, and other support persons to student survivors. We welcome all who may have questions, who need support and guidance, and who are seeking resources and connection. Whatever you decide is right for you, Survivor Advocates are here to help.

To meet with an advocate:

  • Email Veronica Jones or
  • Call and leave a voicemail for Veronica at 540-568-3407

Veronica is checking her email and voicemail regularly during our business hours of Monday-Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. An advocate will respond to you as soon as possible during these business hours and no later than one business day from the time you initiate contact.

What To Expect

If you’ve just been assaulted:

  • Get to a safe place.
  • Call a friend, relative, and/or a survivor advocate to be with you.
    • JMU Survivor Advocates are available Mon. – Fri., 8am – 5pm: 540-568-2831
    • The Collins Center, our community-based advocates, has a 24-hour sexual assault crisis hotline and advocates who can provide 24/7 services: 540-434-2272
  • Seek medical care. There may be injuries that you are unaware of.
    • The University Health Center’s medical providers can provide medical services to survivors including STI testing and prophylaxis at no cost, HIV testing at no cost, pregnancy testing and emergency contraception at no cost, and other medical services and referrals as needed. Survivor Advocates can help to connect you to these services as well as to local hospital resources if you would like a forensic exam. The University Health Center is a confidential resource.
  • You can call the police to file a report, press charges, or just get assistance.
  • If you choose to report, if at all possible try not to bathe, shower, brush your teeth or hair, wash clothes, eat or drink, or use the restroom because it may interfere with evidence collection. Bring clothing that was worn during the assault to the hospital.
  • Seek emotional support. Remember, the assault was not your fault.

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