Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, PARC is a confidential resource, meaning everything we talk about can stay between us with very few exceptions. These exceptions are:
Except for these specific situations, we are not required to report anything you share with us to the Office of Equal Opportunity or the police, but are happy to support you in doing so if you want to. If you ever want us to share information on your behalf, we will need your explicit permission to do so.
PARC is located in Usdan Student Center — on the ground floor in a hallway to the right of Levin Ballroom. We are behind the Gender and Sexuality Center and underneath the Study Abroad office.
PARC can work with any member of the Brandeis community who has been impacted by violence or has questions or concerns related to violence. PARC does not provide offender treatment.
This requirement can be found in the Student Union Bylaws: article 8, section 8. Either a version of Bystander training or a training from the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is required for each club officer each year. Club leaders may sign up for Open Bystander Trainings each semester or request their own training for their entire club (minimum 4 attendees, please).
A Peer Advocate is a graduate or undergraduate student that has received over 40 hours of advocacy training to support members of the Brandeis community who have been impacted by violence. They can share a variety of grounding techniques, information about reporting options, support you in planning for your safety and more. They can help whether you personally have experienced violence or if you are worried about a friend. They are also great listeners if you just want to talk.
Advocates at PARC can offer immediate emotional support, information about options and resources and help planning for safety related to experiences of violence, such as developing coping skills and filing for a restraining order.
Therapists' areas of expertise focus on long-term processing of trauma. Many people who meet with an advocate at PARC also see a therapist for support either while they are working with PARC or not until after.
Check out our "Getting Started Tool" to read more examples of what you could talk to an advocate about.
English, Hindi, Punjabi, Tagalog, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. If you need support in any other languages, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
There are always two advocates in the office weekdays between 12-5 p.m. One of the two advocates will greet you and check in with you. Depending on what you need at that moment, our advocates can listen, provide support, brainstorm next steps or let you explore the space on your own. Our services are tailored to your needs.
Warm drinks, books, various self-care items, a quiet space to read or relax in, and more.
Absolutely nothing! All of our services are free.