The Office of Victim Services (OVS) exists to give Ball State Students inclusive, survivor centered support, through confidential advocacy. We respond to the impact of interpersonal violence and strive to create a community free from violence through education.
Allison Wynbissinger is the Ball State University Victim Advocate while Jessica Rappaport is the Graduate Assistant Victim Advocate. The Victim Advocate provides nonjudgmental, confidential support to student survivors of gender-based violence. “Confidential support” means they will not release any information without your consent. Additionally, speaking with a Victim Advocate DOES NOT start a formal misconduct or criminal process, unless you want to access those options. Allison and Jessica are trained to help students navigate options and services on campus and in the community.
Survivors have many options and we want to help connect you to them. To make an appointment with a Victim Advocate, call 765-285-3775 Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org. If an Advocate is unavailable and you need to talk to someone immediately (privately), you may call:
- Ball State Counseling Center at 765-285-1736 (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm);
- A Better Way’s crisis hotline(24-hour/confidential) at 765-288-HELP; or
- National Sexual Assault Hotline (24-hour/confidential) at 800-656-HOPE.
After business hours, a Victim Advocate is available for emergencies by calling the Ball State University Police Department’s dispatch (765-285-1111) and requesting to speak with the on-call Victim Advocate. You will need to provide your phone number and a name/alias so the on-call Victim Advocate can call you back. You do not need to give details regarding your emergency and your call will not initiate a report with the police.
The Ball State University Victim Advocates are designated as Campus Security Authorities (CSA). Federal law requires CSAs to report non-identifying information about certain incidents including the date, location and type of crime. The Victim Advocate will not include the name of the reporting student or other individuals in the report if the student making the report request confidentiality.