Interpersonal Violence Prevention & Response

Elon University recognizes the serious and negative impact that acts of interpersonal violence, including sexual violence, have on individuals and the University community. Elon University does not tolerate acts of interpersonal violence, which includes gender-based violence, sexual violence, relationship violence and stalking. To this end, the University has developed a comprehensive intervention, response and support strategy to address acts of interpersonal violence. These activities are coordinated by the Office of Health Promotion in cooperation and collaboration with the Sexual Assault and Gender Issues Committee (SAGIC).

Interpersonal Violence Response

At Elon we have a survivor-centered response system that allows the survivor to be in as much control of their process as possible. We offer extensive confidential resources, including a Violence Responder (confidential advocate) on-call 24/7 as well as a confidential advocacy phone line, Safeline, available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. If you or someone you know has been assaulted, get help now! Our responses include:

  • Confidential advocate on campus at the R. N. Ellington Center for Health and Wellness, 301 South O'Kelly Avenue - during the day 336.278.5009
  • Safeline - confidential advocacy phone line available at 336.278.3333
  • Confidential violence responders (available via Safeline) to assist with immediate medical attention, safety plans and other options for immediate support, reporting and university resources
  • Health and Counseling services at the R. N. Ellington Center for Health and Wellness, 301 South O'Kelly Avenue - during the day 336.278.7280

For survivors or victims of interpersonal violence:

Interpersonal Violence Prevention

The Department of Health Promotion collaborates closely with campus and community partners to prevent interpersonal violence. Our prevention efforts include:

  • Haven online education program required for all new students
  • Live the Maroon Life skits at New Student Orientation with small-group discussion facilitated by Orientation Leaders
  • Required training for RA's, Orientation Head Staff, Greek House Captains and other key student leadership roles on bystander intervention skills, best practices for consent, supporting survivors and campus resources for support, advocacy and reporting
  • Peer education workshops for Elon 101 classes, athletic teams, Greek organizations, residence hall floors and various other student cohorts on topics such as healthy relationships, consent, bystander intervention and supporting survivors
  • Workshops from professional staff about gender roles, pop culture and rape culture
  • Supporting Survivors Week events
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month events (Walk a Mile, Couples Chemistry, etc.)
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month events (including Take Back the Night)


A message from Smith Jackson, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students: