CASAS Survivor Advocacy Services — We’re Here for You
We believe violence can happen to anyone and it’s never the survivors fault. Our mission is to meet every survivor where they are in their journey of healing. We provide a confidential space for students of all identities who have experienced violence recently or in the past.
CASAS is Western’s compassionate response to acts of violence. Our staff provides emotional support and access to all available resources to ensure students continue to be academically successful while they move through their healing process. We also provide support to friends or family members of those who have experienced violence.
Call the confidential CASAS voice mail line at 360-650-3700. You will be asked to leave your name and phone. An advocate will reach back out to you to set up an appointment. You can also reach out to the CASAS Coordinator, Deidre Evans, directly at 360-650-7982 or email Deidre.Evans@wwu.edu.
CASAS Provides Student Survivors With:
Individual Emotional Support through periodic check-ins and assessing your emotional needs with referrals to campus and community counselors and/or support groups.
Safety Planning by providing you with information and assistance obtaining an order of protection (protection order, restraining order, anti-harassment order) and information about Western's no contact orders.
Academic Advocacy by communicating with professors to assist in creating an appropriate academic plan.
Information and Support Navigating Medical, Legal, and Reporting Options by referring you to the Student Health Center, your professional care provider, or the local hospital where you can get treated for you medical concerns, and walking you through your reporting options with the Equal Opportunity Office and area police departments.
Connecting to Resources On and Off Campus, such as providing assistance with withdrawal from class or school and/or assistance with petitioning for tuition refunds, providing you with information about waivers and financial aid options, and assistance with changing housing or phone number as well as information about local shelters and temporary housing.
Support Groups co-led by CASAS Advocates and Counseling Center professionals.