The Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO), 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.

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Alexa zapata

Alexa Zapata '20, MSW
BAVO Coordinator
169 Health & Counseling Center
(574) 284-4081

Contact us for support:

159 Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex

The coordinator of BAVO is a confidential resource on campus. She is not mandated to report to the college or the police.

Follow us on social media (@BAVOSMC) for updates!

Additional Resources


Health & Counseling Center: 574-284-4805

SOS of the Family Justice Center: 574-289-4357

RAINN Hotline: 800-656-4673

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988


Health & Counseling Center: 574-284-4805

St. Joseph Regional Medical Center (SANE nurse available 24/7): 574-335-2532

Memorial Hospital of South Bend: 574-647-1000


Campus Ministry: 574-284-4805

Campus Safety (available 24/7): 574-284-5000

Title IX: 574-284-5099