what is the phoenix center at anschutz?

The Phoenix Center at Anschutz is a CU Anschutz office that serves students, faculty, staff, and residents affiliated with the campus who are experiencing or have experienced interpersonal violence. Interpersonal violence (IPV) includes relationship violence, sexual violence, and stalking as its three main components.The PCA trains and maintains a team of confidential advocates pursuant to CRS § 13-90-107(k). This means that the advocates working for the PCA are legally prohibited from sharing information shared with them by a survivor seeking support. In addition to our advocacy and support resources, the Phoenix Center at Anschutz also provides prevention education and awareness activities.


Where is PC-Anschutz?

The Phoenix Center at Anschutz is conveniently located in Education 2 North, Room 5232. The office is currently open from 8am-5pm on Wednesdays. The PCA is working diligently to provide more hours and will update the website accordingly. The PCA operates on the same schedule as the CU Anschutz campus and is open during most breaks including summer, winter, spring, and fall break. When we are not physically open, we also operate a 24/7 free and confidential helpline.


HOW IS PC-anschutz CURRENTLY FUNDED?

PC-Anschutz is currently funded conjointly by the CU Anschutz Chancellor as well as a state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant administered through the Colorado Office for Victims of Crime.


Nationally, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experience some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime; 1 in 6 women and 1 in 19 men experience stalking victimization in their lifetime; and 37.3% of women and 30.9% of men experience sexual violence, phsycial violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010-2012 State Report). In 2014, Andar found that 44.2% of persons identifying as women had experienced some form of contact sexual violence since beginning their collegiate career. In 2007, Banyard et. al completed a larger, multi-gendered study which found that in the previous school year 8.2% of persons identifying as male and 19.6% of persons identifying as female had experienced an instance of unwanted sexual contact. Further, a 2016 review of prevalence research for campus sexual assault has found that while prevalence rates remain variable across studies they continue to represent a large sampling of our population and the American College Health Association officially recognizes sexual and relationship violence as a “serious public health issue” (ACHA Guidelines, 2016). Finally, a 2014 study conducted by the Office for Policy Studies on Violence Against Women at the University of Kentucky found that experiences of sexual violence during the first year of a college woman’s career negatively correlated with her ability to perform academically as evidenced by declining GPAs for participants who reported experiences of sexual violence during their first semester at college. Campus-specific resources to address this ongoing issue are imperative to a survivor’s ability to continue towards their educational goals. 

 The Phoenix Center at Anschutz (PCA) serves a unique need in our community. The assistance provided by the PCA is invaluable in safeguarding our nation’s dedication to mitigate victimization’s ability to negatively impact a person’s academic career and, thus, bar them from their rights to education free from violence or discrimination.  

Why is PC-Anschutz important?