Student Support and Services


UNIVERSITY COUNSELING CENTER (UCC)

The University Counseling Center (UCC) offers a broad range of student focused short term, episodic services, including counseling, assessment, consultation, and outreach (face to face and virtual). Our mission is to work to empower college students to be capable adults responsible for their own well-being, to maturely choose how, when, and even if to address behaviors that may negatively impact their academic performance and quality of life. Our services are designed to support students as they adjust to challenges and transitions as well as to help faculty, administration, and staff function more effectively in their work with all UHV students. Through our endeavors we support the educational mission of the University of Houston-Victoria and facilitate mutual respect and understanding among people of diverse backgrounds.

Currently enrolled UHV students in Victoria and at the University of Houston Sugar Land (UHSSL) and University of Houston System Cinco Ranch (UHSCR) can use counseling center services on any of these campuses. Please see www.uhv.edu/counselingcenter to make an appointment and learn more.

VICTIM INTERVENTION AND PREVENTION (VIP) PROGRAM

The VIP Program is housed within the University Counseling Center, but has a distinct purpose. Its goal is to provide prevention and intervention services for any student who has been affected by the crimes of: Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking. Any student may contact the Victim Advocate (361-570-4141) or e-mail victim advocate@uhv.edu to discuss issues related to interpersonal violence, whether they occurred in the past or have occurred recently. Referrals happen much the same way as with the University Counseling Center.

The following are definitions and descriptions of these crimes:

Dating violence is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. It usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over the course of time.

Domestic violence, also called spouse abuse, family violence, domestic abuse, or domestic violence is:

  • Any abusive, violent, coercive, forceful, or threatening act or word inflicted by one member of a family or household on another; http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Domestic+Violence
  • A crime with serious repercussions, not only to the victim, but also to family members, friends and fellow students;
  • Includes a pattern of manipulative and violent tactics;
  • A combination of physical force and terror; and,
  • A situation in which victim is forced to change his/her behavior in response to the abuse.

Sexual assault is any unwanted, non-consensual sexual contact against any individual by another using manipulation, pressure, tricks, coercion or physical force.

Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in unwanted sexual contact or attention. http://www.taasa.org

Stalking can be defined as a pattern of repeated and unwanted attention, harassment, contact, or any other course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. http://www.stanford.edu/group/svab/harassment.shtml. A stalking victim feels fear of bodily injury or death to self or to a family or household member or damage to property. https://www.oag.state.tx.us/victims/stalking.shtml