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Our Response To COVID-19

Clincial Services:

AVI remains available to support students impacted by sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking throughout the physical distancing period. Students may request appointments to learn more about and connect with support services and treatment near home, as well as resources for reporting, adjudication and restorative measures. To request an appointment with AVI, fill out the AVI Request for Services form on the Online Wellness Link: https://tcnj.medicatconnect.com/.

All sessions are conducted through telephone or secure, HIPAA compliant platforms to ensure confidentiality.

Helpful Resources:

  • Check out the YouTube video titled EROC + It’s On Us – Zoom University: I Feel Like Sh!t and Social Distancing Isn’t Helping. During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, for survivors, adjusting to what seems to be the new “normal” even if only for a short period of time, is hard and isolating. We want to be in community with you and bring you experts in the field and through experience to let you know that your emotions and experiences are valid. Learn about some helpful wellness techniques that will help you navigate through this time. Please know that you are not alone. Click here to view the video.
  • Our office has also created this information sheet on Coping with Trauma & Supporting Survivors While Social Distancing:

  • Additionally, we have included some images from SAMHSA which contain tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak:

Programming:

We acknowledge that, in many of our lifetimes, this is an unprecedented event and that much is different because of it. Even so, we are committed to providing both our response services and prevention programming to the TCNJ community. In order to maintain physical distancing, provide prevention education programming, and honor both limitations placed on our staff and the demands placed on other community members, the following is our plan for programming in the near future.

Our Welcome Week program with Mike Domitrz will be offered virtually and synchronously. See more about Mike here: https://www.centerforrespect.com/about-mike-domitrz/

Our online education modules for incoming and Junior level students will remain the same. We believe in their efficacy and methodology, and they can be completed digitally and at students’ own pace.

Our Peer Education programming will be reduced. We will offer four of our usual programs including Green Dot, Supporting Survivors, Healthy Masculinity, and the Escalation Workshop. AVI professional staff are working to adapt these programs for online delivery and our intern and Peer Education teams will be training to facilitate via virtual interfaces for the Fall 2020 semester. We feel that these four programs contain the core elements of prevention education (bystander intervention, creating an environment of support for survivors, addressing gender socialization and rape culture, and healthy relationships skills) and create a digestable framework for our programming given the demands of the pandemic. In addition, these four programs in addition to the efforts below, continue to meet and exceed the legislative requirements that guide our work.

Our social media programming has been greatly enhanced. Our Awareness Months will exist as featured social media campaigns with active engagement opportunities (such as giveaways, like/post count contests, live-share opportunities, etc). We will also be rotating our social media content to share both prevention messaging and opportunities and resource/support messages to meet the needs of various community members. Print marketing may continue pending CDC and state recommendations when we return to campus.

Curriculum infusion efforts will continue as we offer our adapted programming to faculty to insert into course planning and professional staff continue to teach courses related to gender and violence.

Programming to targeted populations will continue through our adapted curriculum pending student organizations’ requests and time constraints.

The chart below details our adjusted programming offerings.

Healthy Masculinity ● Awareness

● Gender socialization

● Skill-building

● Healthy Relationships

● Engaging boys and men as allies in violence prevention

● Address various elements of rape culture

● CDC

One Love’s Escalation Workshop ● Resources

● Bystander Intervention

● Skill-building

● Healthy Relationships

● Recognizing domestic violence and stalking

● Uses familiar scenarios

● Address various elements of rape culture

● Bystander Intervention

● CDC, VAWA, Clery

Green Dot ● Bystander Intervention

● Uses familiar scenarios

● Skill-building

● Bystander Intervention

● CDC, VAWA, Clery

Supporting Survivors ● Resources

● Awareness

● Environment of Support

● Understanding Legality and Policy

● Responsiveness to sociopolitical events/climate

● Skill-building

● Environment of Support

● CDC

 

For weekly updates from AVI, check out our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter). All of our accounts are linked within the navigation bar, at the top of every AVI web page.

Hours

Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

When TCNJ has an emergency closure, AVI also closes.

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Anti-Violence Initiatives has moved to a teletherapy format for the duration of the physical distancing period. Services are available by appointment and can be scheduled via the OWL portal.
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