The Interpersonal Violence Prevention (IVP) program at Binghamton University is committed to ending all forms of interpersonal violence. We deliver a number of services to the University and surrounding community, including education and training, advocacy, information and referral, crisis intervention, special events and volunteer opportunities.
The program addresses all aspects of interpersonal violence, including:
Part of the University Counseling Center, the program was initiated in 2005 in response to the growing trend of sexual violence. It was formerly known as Voices Against Violence, which still exists as a chartered organization within the Binghamton University Student Association.
During the spring of 2012, Binghamton University created a Task Force, charged by Student Affairs Vice President, Brian Rose, to review the university's response to sexual assaults. Together, university administrators reviewed best practice literature, evaluated current procedures and identified university strengths and opportunities to enhance university safety. As a result, they decided the university would benefit from having an additional confidential resource on campus that could provide supportive advocacy to students who have experienced interpersonal violence. Since the summer of 2012, the IVP program has been housed under Decker Student Health Services and the Counseling Center.
IVP works to reduce instances of and the traumatic impact of interpersonal violence, harassment, bullying, stalking, dating and relationship violence, and sexual assault, The program is operated under the umbrella of Binghamton University's Health and Counseling services, all services are confidential and free of charge. The IVP program provides comprehensive victim-centered services to Binghamton University students, living on and off campus, who have questions about or have experienced interpersonal violence. The services are available to provide support and assistance to the assault survivor and / or their friends, parents and family members.
The IVPC provides information to students about the options that are available to victims/survivors of interpersonal violence and the various resources available, on and off campus. The IVPC assists individuals who need services other than those provided by the university and makes appropriate referrals as necessary.
Advocacy services are provided to help students access and navigate university, community resources and referred services. The Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator (IVPC) serves as an advocate to help inform students of their options and resources available. The IVPC can accompany students as they pursue their options, including but not limited to, meetings with university personnel and/or departments, court proceedings, and Code of Conduct hearings. The IVPC also writes letters of support to faculty members, landlords, and others as needed or requested. The IVPC can assist survivors in filing victim compensation forms.
The IVP Team is available to provide professional consultation and workshops on the issues of interpersonal violence to other professionals in the University community.
The IVP Team provides prevention education and awareness events upon request to students, staff and faculty. Topics include, but are not limited to, healthy relationships, consent, empathy, sexual assault, bullying and harassment, nonviolent communication, bystander intervention, etc.
The IVP Team offers internship opportunities for students and volunteer opportunities for the Binghamton University community. Internship opportunities include serving as a member of the IVP Education Team or on the IVP Event Planning and Outreach team. Volunteer opportunities range from assisting with research, participating in events, outreach, developing programming material, and many more. For more information about how to get involved, please contact the IVP Graduate team at IVP@binghamton.edu.
The IVP program has created a listserv, called IVPCA-L@binghamton.edu. This listserv is used to increase communication and collaboration across the university community about the various events and activities that the IVP program, student groups and other supporters organize. It is a venue to share information about events, program needs and updates, current events, and other various correspondences that may be beneficial for the Binghamton community. Subscribers are invited to share information on this listserv as well.
For contact information and directions to our office, please visit the Contact Us webpage.
Last Updated: 3/26/14