Patient Advocacy

University life can be stressful. Patient Advocates, Jill Hendricks and Cory Hindman, connect UWG students with services, including medical, academic, legal, and psychological, both on and off campus. Students who wish to explore options for the treatment of conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and/or alcohol/ other drug concerns may contact a Patient Advocate for assistance with assessment and referral.

Students who have medical, family, or safety related emergencies may contact the Patient Advocates for assistance with crisis response. They also help in exploring options whether to remain in school, temporarily withdraw, or when appropriate, to request consideration for incompletes.  They can also verify health/emergency related absences to instructors (only with patient permission).

The UWG Patient Advocates are trained in crisis response and serve students victimized sexually, through stalking, domestic violence, or intimate partner violence.

Following are some of the ways the advocates provide assistance to those victimized sexually - always and only with the permission/agreement of the student:

• Explains all available medical services and options for prosecution
• Remain during the exam explaining the evidence collection process and provide emotional support if requested
• Help decide whether to file formal reports with law enforcement and/or judicial services
• Advocate with faculty, other offices, and services as requested
• Address concerns of safety with university police and others;
• Assist  in telling family and/or  friends (only at the request of and with permission of the student);
• Provide contact information for the Carroll Rape Crisis Center at 770-834-7374 and the Victim Advocate of the District Attorney’s Office at 770-830-2171 and will assist in making any needed appointments.
• Remains as a support as the student undertakes the journey from victim to survivor

(See “If You are Assaulted, Help is Available” section for further information)

Following are some of the ways the Advocates assist students impacted by stalking, intimate partner or domestic violence.

• Exploring needs and options, including ways in which campus and/or local law enforcement can assist
• Developing a personal safety plan (in conjunction with Campus Police)
• Assisting in the decision whether to file formal complaints or charges
• Serving as a liaison with other campus offices and faculty, if needed
• Referrals to confidential campus/community counseling services
• Providing links to off-campus resources, including those in home towns
• Advocating with the Department of Residence Life regarding a room or hall change if space permits
• Assisting with a referral to the Carroll County Emergency Shelter, if desired
• Linking with academic resources
• Assistance in requesting a temporary withdrawal from UWG if needed

(See “Intimate Partner Violence” section for further information or brochure)