Sexual Violence Assistance Fund
What is the Sexual Violence Assistance Fund?
The Sexual Violence Assistance Fund provides financial support to Ohio State students who have experienced sexual violence (e.g. stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault, etc.) The fund is meant to minimize financial burdens that arise due to sexual violence. The fund supplements, but does not replace existing sources of financial support. Victims of sexual violence may also be eligible for financial support through the Ohio Attorney General Office’s Victim of Crime Compensation Fund
Who is eligible for funding?
Any student who has alleged to a university official that she or he has experienced sexual violence is eligible to apply for assistance. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds will be determined on a case-by-case basis by Sexual Civility and Empowerment staff. Each request is evaluated based on relevant considerations:
- Nature and extent of the request
- Demonstrated financial need
- Availability of alternative funding or resources
- Accompanying documentation
What expenses qualify for funding?
Preference is given to requests where a payment can be made directly to a vendor/a purchase can be made directly from the fund. Preference will also be given to students who are actively working with a Sexual Civility and Empowerment Support Coordinator. You can get connected with a support coordinator by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org to set-up a meeting. Reimbursement to individual students for services paid for or items purchased will be considered on a more limited basis. Qualifying expenses include but are not limited to: medical and counseling costs not covered by insurance, replacement items, safety items, transportation costs, etc.
How do I apply for funding?
Students can apply for funding at the online application. Decisions regarding applications will be based on the student’s situation, request, and availability of funds. Applications are generally reviewed on a bi-weekly basis by SCE staff. Students will receive an email about the status of their request once it has been reviewed – this could include a request for more information. Due to timeline constraints, this fund is not meant for emergency purposes. Students approved for funding will need to supply an invoice, bill, or receipts (depending on the situation) upon request.
How can I donate to the Sexual Violence Assistance Fund?
The Sexual Violence Assistance Fund was created with the support of the Office of Student Life, Undergraduate Student Government, and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Donations to the fund can be made here.