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VHA Assault and Harassment Prevention Office
If You Are Experiencing an Emergency, Dial 9-1-1
Contact your local VA medical center and ask to speak to your local VA Police Officer or Patient Advocate.
Patient Advocates are the VHA points-of-contact (POC) when a Veteran, caregiver, volunteer, or visitor reports an incident of harassment, sexual harassment or sexual assault.
- The Patient Advocate:
- ensures VA Police are notified of the incident
- documents the experiencer’s* report in VA’s internal tracking system
- follows the complaint-resolution process
- contacts VA medical or mental health services as needed
- provides a list of VA and community resources as requested by the experiencer*
Recognize and respond safely to a situation that is potentially hostile or to a behavior that may be harassing so that the situation does not get worse.
Learn how to respond when you notice behaviors that could lead to, or are, harassment, sexual assault, or other forms of aggression.
- Experiencer*—The individual who has been assaulted or harassed.
- Harassment—Harassment is any unwelcome conduct that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
- Sexual Assault—Sexual assault is any type of unwelcome touch that is without the explicit consent of the recipient of the unwanted sexual activity.
- Sexual Harassment—Sexual harassment is unsolicited verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature which is threatening in character.