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Victim Services and Resources

Common forms of interpersonal violence experienced by college students include sexual assault, dating or domestic violence and stalking.

If you’ve been the victim of any of these crimes, we have on-campus and off-campus resources available to help you.

Project HEAL Victim Advocate

A full-time Victim Advocate has been hired through the Project HEAL grant to support OTC students who have been victimized by domestic and dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault. The Victim Advocate is a confidential employee and does not disclose student information without their direct consent. While the offices for Project HEAL are located on the Springfield campus, students at all campuses are able to receive assistance through Project HEAL. Resources and areas of assistance that Project HEAL provides includes: court accompaniment, obtaining an ex parte or order of protection, obtaining legal services, finding low-cost counseling, victims resources, safety planning, support during law enforcement interviews and reports, finding transportation, food, clothing, furniture, housing, and emergency pet boarding.

The initial goal for all students is safety on and off campus. After meeting this goal the focus shifts to assisting victims in achieving academic, emotional, and interpersonal success.

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to contact the Victim Advocate, Rachel Swadley, directly through email (swadleyr@otc.edu) or phone (417-447-7859). Additionally, reports submitted through OTCCares that describe incidents of dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault elicit either a Title IX response with my contact information provided and/or a direct reach-out from Project HEAL. Please feel free to drop by the Victim Advocate’s office in ICE 121 for more information or support.

Off-Campus Resources

Local Resources

Victim Center417-863-7273

Harmony House417-837-7700

Family Justice Center – 417-799-1500

24-hour crisis hotline – 417-864-7233

Emergency medical treatment

Mercy Emergency-Trauma Center – 417-820-2115

Cox North Emergency Department – 417-269-3393

Cox South Emergency Department – 417-269-4083

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