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Interpersonal Violence Program

The Interpersonal Violence Program at the WRC works to promote healthy relationships in the campus community and to improve PSU's coordinated campus response to, and prevention of, sexual and relationship violence.

IPV Program Mission

To support PSU's coordinated campus response to interpersonal violence by:

  • Acting as an accessible point of entry for students seeking supportive services.
  • Collaborating with other on-campus departments on improving campus policies, practices, and services.
  • Collaborating with off-campus providers to ensure a continuum of care for students navigating off-campus medical, social service, or justice systems.

IPV Program Activities

The WRC's Interpersonal Violence Program focuses on three areas of activities:

  • Students: Providing direct, individual student services.

  • Campus Community: 1) Chairing the PSU Interpersonal Violence Task Force and 2) Working with faculty and staff to address specific situations; offer classroom presentations and trainings; partner in offering Capstone classes focused on sexual assault awareness.

  • Portland Community: Active membership in off-campus collaborative groups including the Multnomah County Sexual Assault Response Team, Multnomah County Family Violence Coordinating Council, and Attorney General Sexual Assault Task Force.

IPV Advocacy Services

The WRC serves students of all genders.  We are available to answer questions, work with student survivors, and advocate on behalf of their self-identified needs, decisions, wishes, questions, and concerns.  This includes:

  • "Healthy Relationships" peer support group offered in partnership with the Queer Resource Center.
  • Providing intervention, support, information, and referrals.
  • Serving as a liaison between the student and campus departments such as Residence Life, Campus Public Safety, Student Health and Counseling, Student Legal Services, and the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Serving as a liaison and advocate with University faculty and staff.
  • Assisting in linking the student survivor to off-campus community services when needed.
  • Assisting the student survivor with accessing and understanding University policy, including Student Conduct Code.

How to contact the Advocate

The IPV Advocate can be reached through email at or call 503-725-5672 to schedule an appointment. If you need to talk to someone about a domestic violence or sexual assault situation outside of WRC office hours, please call the Portland Women’s Crisis Line at 503-235-5333 or toll free: 888-235-5333.  For information on the role of the IPV program in maintaining your privacy, click here.

If this is an emergency and you need immediate assistance, please call Campus Public Safety at 503-725-4404 or call 911.

Healthy Relationships Group

The WRC also facilitates a Healthy Relationships Group each term. For Winter Term 2015 the group will meet Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00p starting January 14th through March 4th. 

This group is a great fit for students attempting to navigate intimate relationships and learn new skills to support healthy relationship development. This group is also appropriate for students who may be in abusive relationships or students that have left a violent relationship and are experiencing trauma and difficulty in current relationships.

For more information about the Healthy Relationships Group or to be screened for the group contact Lauren at or call 503-725-5672.