About Gender Violence Services

GVSC Confidentiality

The GVSCs are confidential through UNC-Chapel Hill’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct. The GVSCs are a separate resource from the  Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office and law enforcement.

We want to work closely with you to maintain privacy and confidentiality. What you say to the GVSC will remain confidential, with the following exceptions listed below.

Exceptions to Confidentiality

  • You express a high risk for suicide
  • You express a high risk for violence towards others
  • You share information regarding suspected child abuse and/or neglect by a parent, guardian, custodian, or caretaker
  • You share information regarding suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation of a disabled or elder adult by the caretaker
  • You disclose that someone under the age of 18 experienced a violent offense, sexual offense, or misdemeanor child abuse and that incident occurred after December 1, 2019
  • The University receives a lawfully-issued subpoena or court order and is required to share information that you have disclosed; in this circumstance, and unless prohibited, the University will provide you with advance notice of this required disclosure

If the GVSC is required to share any information in the exceptions above, they will maintain the privacy of your information and share only the minimum amount of information necessary with individuals who need to know. Unless prohibited, the GVSC will let you know what information was shared, to whom it was shared, when it was shared, and any information known about possible next steps.

Release(s) of Information

If you would like the GVSC to speak with another individual, office, and/or agency at any point, the GVSC will ask you to sign a release of information form and/or provide your explicit permission via email. If the GVSC speaks with another entity, they will share only the information included in the release to the individual, office, and/or agency included on the form. You can update or rescind a release of information at any point by contacting the GVSC.

Bringing a Support Person

Please feel free to bring someone with you when we meet. If you do, the GVSC will ask you to sign a release of information to ensure that you feel comfortable with the individual joining our meeting.

Questions about Confidentiality?

The GVSCs are happy to talk further about any of these exceptions and answer questions you might have about our reporting obligations before you choose to share any information. You can also choose to limit any personally identifying information you share, but it may limit the scope of services the GVSC can provide.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below are some FAQs about the Gender Violence Services Coordinator (GVSC) role and services offered. Click each question to view the answer.

When and how can I meet with a GVSC?

The GVSCs are available to meet with individuals Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of University holidays when the University is closed.

The GVSCs are currently meeting with individuals via phone, video call, or in-person on campus. If individuals would like to meet in-person with a GVSC, we ask that you please wear a mask for the duration of the meeting. The GVSCs will also be wearing a mask.

To connect with a GVSC, please email gvsc@unc.edu or call 919-962-1343.

If the GVSCs are unable to answer, please leave a voicemail with a number that’s safe for the GVSC to return the call. GVSCs will not return a call if someone does not leave a voicemail. The GVSCs will respond to your voicemail within 48 hours or 2 business days.  

Please note: Individuals do not need to disclose any sensitive information about their experience in a voicemail message in order to contact the GVSCs or schedule a time to meet. 

Where are the GVSCs located on campus?

The GVSCs are located in the VPAS office, which is on the first floor (suite 101) of the Stone Center. The address is 150 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. Please refer to our “Contact” page for more information about our location, directions, and parking.

If an individual is more comfortable meeting elsewhere on campus, we can work to identify another location which may be more comfortable for them.

Does it cost money to meet with a GVSC?

Nope! It does not cost anything to meet with a GVSC or use support and services.

Do I have to share specific details about my experience?

When someone meets with a GVSC, it is completely up to them what information they share. Sometimes individuals want to share specific details to have a space to process and sometimes individuals may want to focus more on the impact, their needs, questions they have, etc. We let individuals lead the conversation.

Some types of support or services may require an individual to share some specific information with the GVSC. In that case, the GVSC will identify the needed information, who it will be shared with, and for what purpose.

What happens during a meeting with a GVSC?

When someone meets with a GVSC for the first time, the GVSC will share information about the role, support and services available, and our confidentiality and its limitations. From that point on, it is completely up to each person what they would like to talk through or share with us. The GVSC can answer questions, listen to concerns, identify available options and resources and help individuals get connected to any resources they are interested in. It is okay if individuals are not sure about what they might need and just want to learn more about what support exists. At the end of the meeting, the GVSC can collaborate with the individual to determine any next steps or follow-up that would be helpful.  

Some topics we can explore and discuss in our space include: 

  • Someone’s experience of gender-based violence or harassment
  • How someone’s experience impacted or continues to impact them
  • The neurobiology of trauma and trauma responses
  • Explore ways of coping, healing, and self-care strategies
  • Concerns about safety
  • Reporting options and decision-making about reporting
  • How someone can support a friend, loved one, or peer impacted by gender-based violence or harassment

Can I bring a friend or family member to a meeting with a GVSC?

The GVSCs welcome individuals to bring a trusted person with them to a meeting if they would like. We will ask the individual meeting with us to sign a release of information ahead of time to verify the consent of the individual and determine their participation, if any, in future communications. Please refer to our page on GVSC confidentiality for more information.

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