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About VPR


Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) is MIT’s primary on-campus resource for preventing and responding to interpersonal violence including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Our mission is to end sexual and relationship violence by cultivating healthy communities and advocating for those impacted. All our services are free and confidential.

Our office is located on the fifth floor of the Student Center (W20-547).

Who We Support

 
  • MIT undergraduate and graduate students and their spouses who have experienced interpersonal violence whether it happened:
    • On campus or off campus
    • Before coming to MIT or during their time at MIT
  • Friends, colleagues, professors, and family seeking help in providing support to an MIT student or spouse

How We Support

 

We support students by offering emotional support, providing referrals, and helping them think through their options, such as:

  • Obtaining medical and legal assistance
  • Accessing counseling services on or off campus
  • Navigating campus procedures, including housing, academic help, the campus reporting process, and the adaptable resolution process

Our Staff

 

Anti-Oppression Statement:

 

Violence Prevention & Response knows that ending sexual and domestic violence requires an end to all power-based violence. This violence is directly connected to the legacy of white supremacy and settler colonialism the United States was built upon, and continues to be shaped by intersecting systems of oppression that disenfranchise groups based on race and ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, ability status, gender identity, religion, residency status, and other identities. This oppression intentionally creates inequity, including a lack of fairness in access to health, safety, well-being, and self-determination. In all of the work that we do, we are committed to eliminating the inequities that threaten the lives of Black, Brown, and Native communities who are disproportionately affected by sexual and domestic violence.