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Below are some frequently asked questions about the Gender Violence Services Coordinator (GVSC) role and services offered. Click each question to view the answer. 

The GVSCs are available to meet with individuals Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of University holidays when the University is closed.

The GVSCs are currently meeting with individuals via phone, video call, or in-person on campus. If individuals would like to meet in-person with a GVSC, we ask that you please wear a mask for the duration of the meeting. The GVSCs will also be wearing a mask.

To connect with a GVSC, please email or call 919-962-1343.

If the GVSCs are unable to answer, please leave a voicemail with a number that’s safe for the GVSC to return the call. GVSCs will not return a call if someone does not leave a voicemail. The GVSCs will respond to your voicemail within 48 hours or 2 business days.  

Please note: Individuals do not need to disclose any sensitive information about their experience in a voicemail message in order to contact the GVSCs or schedule a time to meet. 

 The GVSCs have offices in the Carolina Women’s Center, which is on the first floor (suite 101) of the Stone Center. The address is 150 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. Please refer to our “Contact” page for more information about our GVSC location, directions, and parking.

If an individual is more comfortable meeting elsewhere on campus, we can work to identify another location which may be more comfortable for them.

Nope! It does not cost anything to meet with a GVSC or use support and services.
When someone meets with a GVSC, it is completely up to them what information they share. Sometimes individuals want to share specific details to have a space to process and sometimes individuals may want to focus more on the impact, their needs, questions they have, etc. We let individuals lead the conversation.

Some types of support or services may require an individual to share some specific information with the GVSC. In that case, the GVSC will identify the needed information, who it will be shared with, and for what purpose.

When someone meets with a GVSC for the first time, thGVSC will share information about the role, support and services available, and our confidentiality and its limitations. From that point on, it is completely up to each person what they would like to talk through or share with us. The GVSC can answer questions, listen to concerns, identify available options and resources and help individuals get connected to any resources they are interested in. It is okay if individuals are not sure about what they might need and just want to learn more about what support exists. At the end of the meeting, the GVSC can collaborate with the individual to determine any next steps or follow-up that would be helpful.  

Some topics we can explore and discuss in our space include: 

  • Someone’s experience of gender-based violence or harassment
  • How someone’s experience impacted or continues to impact them
  • The neurobiology of trauma and trauma responses
  • Explore ways of coping, healing, and self-care strategies
  • Concerns about safety
  • Reporting options and decision-making about reporting
  • How someone can support a friend, loved one, or peer impacted by gender-based violence or harassment
The GVSCs welcome individuals to bring a trusted person with them to a meeting if they would like. We will ask the individual meeting with us to sign a release of information ahead of time to verify their consent of the individual and determine their participation, if any, in future communications. Please refer to our page on GVSC confidentiality for more information.