Victims/survivors of IPV, stalking, and sexual violence may incur financial burdens as a result of the violence they experienced. This can include medical costs, fines associated with needing to change housing or parking, or potentially job loss. NCCADV recommends that campuses establish a protocol for consideration of resources to alleviate financial burden on students receiving care related to IPV, stalking, and/or sexual violence.
Any policy should highlight free services or financial support victims/survivors are eligible to receive, particularly as they relate to physical and mental health care, as well as on-going support navigating academic, campus conduct, or law enforcement systems. Ideally, the policy should also demonstrate a strong commitment to addressing IPV, stalking, and sexual violence by providing services for the victim/survivor that include access to physical and emotional care at no financial charge to the victim/survivor. Wherever possible, colleges and universities providing counseling services for students should provide victims/survivors with access to unlimited free counseling.
Further, institutions should consider a victim/survivor fund through which victims/survivors of IPV, stalking, and sexual violence can apply to alleviate financial burdens outside of the campus. This fund would also provide a confidential option for victims/survivors who may be reluctant to receive medical services due to the fear that their parents would find out. As most college students are still covered under their parents’ insurance policy, parents would likely be notified once medical costs were filed.