A Message to the Campus Community on Domestic Violence

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Poppies in the UC Davis Arboretum on April 14. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Leaders of a number of support services sent this letter Wednesday (April 15) to the campus community, providing resources and contact information.

To all members of the UC Davis community:

As a campus, UC Davis has taken critical steps to protect our community and prevent the continued spread of COVID-19. While it is critically important for all of us to continue to follow directives to stay at home during this time, staying at home and experiencing social isolation may create an increased risk for those in abusive relationships who are sheltering in place with their abuser. UC Davis is committed to continuing to support our students, staff and faculty who are affected by all forms of sexual violence, including relationship violence. All university support and reporting services continue to be available during the stay in place order, including emotional support, assistance with safety planning and assistance with workplace, academic and housing accommodations. We are committed to providing services to our community members regardless of where they happen to be physically located during this unprecedented time. The following list of UC Davis resources are available to those in need:

The Center for Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE) provides free and confidential support services to all members of the UC Davis community (students, staff, faculty and affiliates) affected by intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual assault or sexual harassment. CARE staff members provide confidential support, information about rights and options, assistance with reporting and accommodations, safety planning options and up-to-date information regarding changes to court schedules, forensic exam procedures and local community resources. CARE staff are available to meet via video conferencing, speak over the phone or communicate through email. To connect with a CARE advocate, send an email to ucdcare@ucdavis.edu, or call 530-752-3299.


Counseling Services provides free and confidential counseling services to all UC Davis students, including undergraduate, graduate and professional school students. Individual counseling is offered via secure video conferencing or phone. Schedule an appointment via the Health-e-Messaging secure portal or by calling 530-752-0871. Mental Health Crisis Consultation Services are available by calling 530-752-0871. You can also text "RELATE" to 741741 any time to chat with a trained, confidential crisis counselor.

The Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) provides free and confidential counseling services to UC Davis and UC Davis Health employees. ASAP at UC Davis and UC Davis Health are providing services remotely. Arrange for services by calling 530-752-2727 (Davis) or 916-734-2727 (Sacramento).

The Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program (HDAPP) assists individuals and campus units with resolving all complaints of sexual violence and sexual harassment, including complaints about relationship violence. Reports can be made via the online Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Incident Report Form, email or phone: 530-747-3864 (Davis) or 916-734-3417 (Sacramento). Anonymous call lines are also available at 530-747-3865 (Davis) and 916-734-2255 (Sacramento).

The UC Davis Police Department (UCDPD) remains open and responsive during this time. In an emergency, call 911. For non-emergency situations, call your local police department's non-emergency line (UC Davis Police can be contacted at 530-752-1727 in Davis or 916-734-2555 in Sacramento). To file a report with the UC Davis Police, call 530-752-1230. For certain crimes, the department also allows for online crime reporting.

    We know that the current situation is extremely challenging. We continue to monitor evolving concerns and we remain dedicated to delivering services to our students, staff and faculty impacted by sexual violence, including relationship violence, wherever they happen to be sheltering in place.


    Wendi Delmendo
    Chief Compliance Officer and Title IX Officer

    Danesha Nichols
    Director, Harassment and Discrimination Assistance and Prevention Program

    Sarah Meredith
    Director, Center for Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE)

    Paul Kim
    Director, Counseling Services

    Carol Kirshnit
    Director, Health Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)

    Rob Starkey
    Director, Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)

    Joseph Farrow
    Chief, Police Department

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