University of Nebraska Medical Center

Victim and Survivor Advocacy and Resources

The center has staff who are free and confidential victim and survivor advocates certified by the state of Nebraska. To make an appointment, please call 531-559-1011.

Advocates serve the needs of victims and survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. This includes those who are directly experiencing violence or friends or family members trying to offer the survivor support. Advocates provide affirming, empowering, and confidential support for survivors and bring a non-judgmental, caring approach to exploring all options and resources.

After experiencing trauma associated with sexual assault, intimate partner violence, or stalking, a survivor might not know what their options are. Our state-certified advocates are here to help navigate options, provide support, connect survivors with resources, and serve as a trusted point of contact in each individual's journey. GSRC Advocates believe that it is always the survivor’s choice in whether or not they choose to report and which resources they choose to use.

Individual advocacy may include:

  • Providing emotional support
  • Educating on resources and reporting options
  • Providing information on healthy relationships
  • Navigating on-campus and community resources
  • Accompanying survivor to hospital
  • Assisting with reporting to UNMC or the Omaha Police Department
  • Accompanying to Title IX or Law Enforcement/Legal Meetings
  • Helping with filing of a protection order
  • Developing a safety plan

If you are a UNMC student that needs support after hours, you may contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 402-559-7276.


EMPOWER is a student-led, inter-professional initiative founded at UNMC with a twofold mission focused on awareness and education of domestic and sexual violence. We seek to provide opportunities for students, health care providers, and community members to become involved in efforts to minimize domestic and sexual violence in our community and beyond. We achieve our mission through on-campus activities and community outreach events. Find out how to get involved.

Educational Programs

The GSRC offers programs and trainings focused on sexual assault and intimate partner violence. These programs can be conducted for any group at UNMC and may be able to be personalized to your needs. To schedule programming or with questions contact Catherine Medici-Thiemann, Coordinator of the GSRC.

  • Intimate Parter Violence 101
    • an overview and introduction to understand and identify intimate partner violence, including what health care professionals need to know
  • In Her Shoes
    • a domestic violence simulation activity
  • What Were You Wearing
    • an installation exhibit highlighting the issue of victim blaming in sexual assault