Belles Against Violence: About Us
The Belles Against Violence Office, rooted in the Catholic Church's faith and social teaching, cultivates a culture free from violence through education, training, support, and advocacy. BAVO engages the Saint Mary's College community to prevent and respond to sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.
° Appointments: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
° After-hour Responses: Contact Saint Mary's College Security (574-284-5000) or Residence Life to be connected with a confidential advocate 24/7.
Our Approach and Purpose
° Advocacy – Professional support is offered to students directly and indirectly impacted by violence against women. Options are discussed to empower the survivor.
° Education – Awareness is a critical element of change. Exhibits, presentations, and panels engage the community to actively invest in the movement to eliminate power-based personal violence..
° Training – Strengthens the community through action. Green Dot and S.A.F.E. trainings are two of our programs where you find your voice. We prepare faculty, staff, and student leaders to respond to the incidence and disclosure of violence and abuse.
° Collaboration – Partnerships are critical to address social change. We engage partners on campus and beyond.
° Evidence-based – With matters as critical as violence and abuse, students deserve to have the most effective programs. We develop and utilize programs grounded in research and integrate assessments to offer best practices, policies, and services.