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CARE's Mission Statement

We Educate

Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE) provides prevention education for the UC Merced community to achieve an environment free from the threat of sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking.

We Advocate

We provide free, confidential and knowledgeable support for those impacted by sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking.

We Empower

We encourage the UC Merced community to step in and speak up against a culture that allows sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking to occur.

History of UC Merced CARE

In Spring 2009, the Chief of Police, Rita Spaur initiated the development of the Violence Prevention program by collaborating with UC Merced’s Student Affairs to solicit funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). A year after, in Spring 2010, UC Merced hired their first  Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, who founded UCM’s first prevention education and advocacy program on issues of sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, and stalking prevention.

The office moved under the Chancellor’s Office in 2014 and it changed its name to the Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE) Office.  The office is currently located in KL 107 and it provides crisis intervention services with the support of Valley Crisis Center the community’s dual agency focused on domestic violence and sexual assault services.