Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Violence Prevention and Response

Welcome! Violence Prevention and Response offers a safe and confidential space for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as friends and family affiliated with Emerson College who have been impacted by Power-Based Interpersonal Violence (sexual assault, stalking, and abusive relationships).

Violence Prevention and Response is open for drop-in hours Monday-Friday 9 am–5 pm or you can call to schedule a time to meet. All services are free.

Our Mission

The mission of Violence Prevention and Response is to work with students, employees, and community partners to lead comprehensive and innovative prevention strategies, coordinated community approaches, and trauma-informed advocacy to shape an Emerson community free of sexual assault, stalking, and abusive relationships.

Our Vision

To create and foster a safe and violence-free campus in which all students and employees thrive academically, professionally, and socially.

Our Values

  • Social Justice
  • Engagement and Activism
  • Survivor Voice
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Diversity and Inclusion

Our History

Violence Prevention and Response at Emerson College was established in May 2014. This brought previous prevention and response efforts together at Emerson College.

Director of Violence Prevention and Response, Dr. Melanie O. Matson began on May 1, 2014 to spearhead advocacy, prevention, education, and coordinated community response efforts.

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