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 managed by the Coordinator for Violence Response and in cooperation and collaboration with the Sexual Assault and Gender Issues Committee (SAGIC).

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 or harassed, get help now! Our responses include:

  • Confidential advocate on campus at the Powell Building 314 in the Historic Neighborhood available Monday through Friday 8a-5p at (336) 278-5009
  • Safeline – confidential advocacy phone line available at (336) 278-3333
    Confidential violence responders (available via Safeline 24/7) to assist with immediate medical attention, safety plans and other options for immediate support, reporting and university resources
  • Health Services at the R. N. Ellington Center for Health and Wellness, 301 South O’Kelly Avenue available Monday through Thursday 8:30a – 6:00p, Friday 8:30a-4:00p, Saturday & Sunday 11:00a-3:00p at (336) 278-7230
  • Counseling Services at the R. N. Ellington Center for Health and Wellness, 301 South O’Kelly Avenue available Monday through Friday 8a-5p at (336) 278-7280

For survivors or victims of interpersonal violence or harassment:

Interpersonal Violence Prevention

The Gender & LGBTQIA Center and Title IX Office collaborates closely with campus and community partners to create messaging and programming towards the prevention of gender-based violence, including sexual and relationship violence, harassment and stalking. Their prevention efforts include:

  • Haven online education program required for all new students
  • HealthEU skits at New Student Orientation with small-group discussion facilitated by Orientation Leaders
  • Required training for RA’s, Orientation Head Staff and Leaders, 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 each semester
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month events during October (These Hands Don’t Hurt, Couples Chemistry, etc.)
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month events during April (including Take Back the Night)

For more information about these events or to get involved, please contact Becca Bishopric Patterson, Assistant Director for the Gender & LGBTQIA Center at bbishopric@elon.edu or visit the GLC website.