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Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services (VPAS)

The University of Rhode Island is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its entire community and does not tolerate any form of harassment, abuse or violence. URI seeks to be proactive in the prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, relationship abuse and stalking crimes on our campuses. Additionally, URI wants to enhance victim services that exist on campus and in the local community, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, race or ethnicity.

Violence Prevention and Advocacy Services (VPAS) accomplishes this by:

  • Coordinating student and faculty interests around issues of sexual assault, stalking and interpersonal violence in order to increase awareness of these issues, establish campus wide policies, protocols around these issues, and work with campus and community resources to prevent further incidences of violence.
  • Providing educational opportunities for students to learn about relationships, consent, coercion, and other forms of interpersonal violence
  • Providing supportive services for students impacted by sexual abuse, stalking, exploitation or in an unhealthy and/or violent relationship,
  • Helping develop a college culture of non-violence through the student Peer Educator Program


If you have been impacted, or know someone who has, please let us help you find the resources that can help you the most.


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