Benefits of Reporting

  • Seeking justice (through the student or employee judicial disciplinary process and/or the criminal justice system)
  • Seeking protection (physical safety, emotional security, and/or academic and workplace accomodations)
  • Knowing when, where and under what circumstances sexual assults take place will enhance the effectiveness of the university's education and prevention efforts.
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Reporting Options and Descriptions

The following chart is a guide to the various reporting options available. More detailed descriptions of services and how each office responds to reports are listed below.

If you need further clarity as to your reporting options and which may be right for you, please contact the YWCA 24-hour confidential hotline at (650) 725-9955. The YWCA works on an empowerment model and will not take any action or notify any University official without your expressed request and permission.


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G. Interaction with Offender

G. Interaction with Offender

In the unlikely situation that you interact with a perpetrator of relationship abuse, the following are some key issues and concepts to keep in mind:

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F. Mandatory Reporting

F. Mandatory Reporting

Requirement

Any health practitioner employed in a health facility is required to make a report if he or she “provides medical services for a physical condition to a patient whom he or she knows or reasonably suspects is”:

a.       “suffering from any wound or other physical injury inflicted by his or her own act or inflicted by another where the injury is by means of a firearm”, and/or

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E. Follow up with Survivor

E. Follow up with Survivor

Use the Resource Checklist below to help with safety planning.  A full version of the Resource Checklist and Instructions is located in the Appendix.

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D. Responding to the Survivor

D. Responding to the Survivor

If a student says s/he has experienced an incident of relationship abuse:

Privacy/Informed Decisions

1.      Do not treat the patient, or ask questions about the relationship, in front of the partner. Ask the partner to leave the room in order to talk to the survivor. *Articulate this separation as protocol so that the offender does not become angry.

2.      Provide complete privacy.  If possible, do not have patient wait in the waiting area.

3.      Ensure that the patient grants permission for care.

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C. Interaction with Survivor

C. Interaction with Survivor

When interacting with a survivor of relationship abuse, the following are some key issues and concepts to keep in mind:

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III. Information Sharing

III. Information Sharing

For departments and staff to be effective, they need to know what to do with the information
reported to them: when to share it, how to share it, and with whom to share it. These
guidelines use the phrase “information sharing” to describe the range of information-related
issues that departments and staff face when working with relationship abuse. Protecting
the survivor’s privacy, supporting the individual’s right to control information about her

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Getting Involved

Join the Sexual Violence Advisory Board at Stanford.

  • The Sexual Violence Advisory Board (SVAB) meets the first Wednesday of every month to discuss better methods of sexual assault and relationship abuse prevention and support for the Stanford community.
  • Please contact Carole Pertofsky or Laurette Beeson for more information.
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Sexual Violence Advisory Board (SVAB)

The Sexual Violence Advisory Board (SVAB)

The Sexual Violence Advisory Board (SVAB) was originally convened in Fall 2005 by Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman. The Board is charged with advising the Vice Provost on policies, protocols, programs, and services related to sexual misconduct, sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship abuse, stalking, and other related acts.

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