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Interpersonal Violence Prevention

The University of Hawai╩╗i at Hilo does not tolerate sexual violence. We continue to actively provide institution-wide programs and services to educate our students and university community on responsible conduct, the meaning of consent, how to properly report cases of sexual misconduct, and holding individuals accountable for their behavior.

Student Health & Wellness Programs provides confidential services on campus for victims of sexual violence. We also provide information, referrals, and assistance to connect students with an advocate, if requested.

On-Campus Services & Support

Counseling Services (Confidential)
Phone: (808) 932-7465

  • Student Health & Wellness Programs - Counseling Services┬áprovides free, confidential mental health counseling to members of the school community and are not required to report any information about an incident to the Title IX coordinator without the victims/survivors permission.┬á Counseling services is located at the Student Services Center, 2nd floor, Room E203. Hours of operation are from 7:45AM-4:30PM. ****

  • Those interested in seeing a counselor can make an appointment by speaking with our office assistant at the Student Services Center, 2nd floor, Room E203, or by calling our main number at (808) 932-7465. If available, counselors will see individuals on a walk-in basis.

Medical Services (Confidential)
Phone: (808) 932-7369

  • Student Health & Wellness Programs - Medical Services provides confidential health services and referrals for victims of sexual assault. Medical services is located in Campus Center Room 212. Hours of operation are from 8AM-4PM. Please call (808) 932-7369 to make an appointment.

  • Individuals who work or volunteer at Student Medical Services can generally talk to a victim without revealing any personally identifying information about an incident to the University.┬á A victim can seek assistance and support from these individuals without triggering a University investigation that could reveal the victim’s identity or that the victim has disclosed the incident.

Director, Student Health & Wellness Programs
Phone: (808) 932-7458

  • Provides victim/survivor referrals and support to students.

Title IX Office: To report a violation, discuss your options, or receive institutional support, please contact the Title IX Coordinator at ehbailey@hawaii.edu or 808-932-7818.

Off-Campus Services & Support

YWCA Sexual Assault Support Services (24 hour crisis line)
Phone: (808) 935-0677

  • A free Forensic Medical Exam is available through the YWCA Sexual Assault Support Services. The exam includes preventive treatment for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy and evidence collection. The exam is conducted by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) who is a Registered Nurse with advanced training and certification in conducting sexual assault exams.

  • YWCA Sexual Assault Support Services also provides a confidential 24-hour crisis line (935-0677) and counseling services.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
800-656-HOPE (4673)

  • The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline is a free, confidential, secure service that provides live help over the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) website.

Victim/Witness Assistance Program
(808) 934-3306

Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO’s)

Child & Family Services, Alternatives to Violence
(808) 969-7798

Domestic Abuse Shelter (24 hours, 7 days a week)
(808) 959-8864

Prevention Programming

Student Health & Wellness Programs (SHWP) provides a wide variety of trainings, workshops, and events to promote awareness on campus, and engages students to be active participants in sexual and interpersonal violence prevention. In our prevention work, SHWP collaborates with departments and student organizations both on and off campus to foster and promote individual and collective action to reduce sexual and interpersonal violence.

Throughout the academic year SHWP sponsors and participates in events and initiatives such as:

  • Frisky Business: A prevention workshop that covers the topics of sexual communication & consent. This workshop will help participants identify or clarify their own beliefs and values related to sexual assault, sexual harassment & sexual abuse as we consider and discuss a variety of both provocative and common, college sexual scenarios. Students will learn what their peers think about, when behavior crosses a line. Also, traditional myths about sexual assault are de-bunked.

  • Bystander Intervention Training: A training that empowers and mobilizes participants to recognize, intervene, and stop inappropriate comments, actions and behaviors in order to prevent sexual violence.

  • Slam Against Violence: An evening of inspiration & entertainment as we seek to end violence against women through creative expression. Participants are encouraged to share a poem that helps make the world safer for women. In exchange for a donation of any amount, audience members will have the opportunity to honor the performers by giving a lei to the poets of their choice. The poets with the most leiÔÇÖs at the end of the night will win prizes.

  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: An annual men's march against rape, sexual assault and gender based violence. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes asks men to literally walk one mile in women's high-heeled shoes. It's not easy walking in these shoes, but it's fun and it gets the community to talk about something that's really difficult to talk about: gender relations and men's sexualized violence against women.

  • Movie Screenings: Student Health & Wellness Programs offers a wide range of film screenings throughout the year related to sexual assault and gender based violence. Examples of films that were shown include: Tough Guise II, Brave Miss World, The Hunting Ground, Spin the Bottle (Sex, Lies, and Alcohol), Naming the Unnamed Conspirator, etc.

  • Special Guest Speakers & Presentations: Student Health & Wellness Programs had the honor of bringing in two special guest speakers to UH Hilo to talk about the issues of sexual assault and gender based violence. Dr. Jackson Katz came to UH Hilo in Spring 2014 to deliver his multimedia presentation on Men, Women, Sex, and Violence. In Spring 2015, Dr. Rachel Griffin came to UH Hilo to deliver her presentation entitled ÔÇťDisclosing the Darkness of Rape and Revealing the Dangers of IndifferenceÔÇŁ.

  • Outreach/Tabling: Throughout the year, SHWP participates in outreach/tabling activities related to sexual assault and gender based violence. An example of this is the Hawai╩╗i Says NO MORE at UH Hilo tabling event, which is designed to help bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault by having students participate in the #HawaiiSaysNOMORE photo challenge.

  • It's On Us Video featuring UH Hilo students, faculty, and staff: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/titleIX/