Disclosures of Gender-Based and Sexual Violence
A disclosure of an experience with gender-based and sexual violence does not require a formal complaint be submitted. The Gender-Based Violence & Survivor Support Case Manager is there to connect survivors with resources and support, regardless of whether a formal complaint is submitted.
Support Options for Survivors of Gender-Based and Sexual Violence
As the survivor, you decide what's next.
A disclosure is the sharing of information by a Survivor with a Member of the University Community concerning an incident of Gender-Based and Sexual Violence.
This may or may not be for the purpose of accessing supports, services and/or accommodations.
Making a formal complaint
Disclosure does not result in a formal complaint being made.
The decision to make a disclosure and that of filing a non-criminal complaint with the University are separate decisions to be made by a survivor.
They are not required to participate in an investigation by the University.
The Gender-Based Violence & Survivor Support Case Manager is there to connect survivors with resources and support, regardless of whether a formal complaint is submitted.
You can reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 519.661.3568.
When Someone Discloses Gender-Based Violence to you at Western
Helping survivors means connecting them with professional support and advice.
Disclosures can be made to university employees, emeriti, visiting professors, contractors, affiliated persons, and student leaders. It is important to refer any disclosure to a professional so the survivor can make informed decisions about accessing support.
Survivors are not required to file a formal complaint to access support.
All referrals can be made using our online form.
Supporting survivors means respecting their privacy and only sharing information with professional supports to ensure they can make informed decisions.
Referring to Support
Anyone receiving a disclosure should listen and connect them with the Gender-Based Violence & Survivor Support Case Manager.
*With the exception of those providing health care to the student, who are not required to refer.
Gender-Based Violence & Survivor Support Case Manager
Room: WSSB 2150
If personal safety is an immediate concern, contact Campus Community Police.Lawson Hall, Rm. 1257 (24/7)
Emergency: 911 (from a campus phone)
For immediate mental health crisis support, contact the Health & Wellness clinic.University Community Centre, Rm. 11
Business Hours: 519.661.3030
Non-business Hours: 519.433.2023