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Pritma "Mickey" Irizarry
Director, Wellness Center

Hughes hall, Room 105 on a map

Health Promotion & Advocacy Center 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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OASIS: Confidential Victim Advocacy

The Health Promotion and Advocacy Center houses OASIS: the Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence. OASIS provides free, confidential, appointment-based services to all students who are affected by sexual violence, interpersonal violence (dating or domestic violence), and stalking, as well as comprehensive sexual violence prevention programming. 

Connect with an OASIS advocate if you are seeking support for yourself, looking for information on how to support a friend, or interested in bringing a workshop or training to your class or student organization.

If you have recently experienced sexual violence, please visit this page for crucial information about obtaining a forensic exam (rape kit) and 24/7 crisis response services on and off campus.

Immediate Care Page

Advocates provide:

  • Emotional and administrative support, including coordinating interim measures, accommodations, and other supports.

  • Psychoeducation on the impact of trauma and cycle of violence.

  •  Referrals and resources both on and off campus. 

Advocacy Is:

  • Trauma-informed: meaning we are experts on the impact of trauma on student functioning. 

  • Survivor-centered: our goal is to reduce the burden on survivors as they navigate their recovery. 

  • Empowerment-based: We don't believe in telling anyone what to do; rather, we provide information to help survivors make fully-informed decisions. 

Advocacy Isn't:

  •  A substitute for counseling: Advocacy might feel therapeutic, but it isn't therapy. 

  • Medical Advice: While we encourage survivors to access medical care, we do not provide medical advice.

  •  Legal advice: We work closely with local organizations who provide free legal services for survivors.