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Power Based Personal Violence Committee

Preventing violence by supporting mental health and healthy relationships 

The scope of the Council for Gender Equity Power-Based Personal Violence (PbPV) committee is to work with the university community to address the problems of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking on WVU’s campus and in our community.  (

According to the CDC, “Programs that teach young people healthy relationship skills such as communication, effectively managing feelings, and problem-solving can prevent violence.” The CDC also identifies heavy substance use, anger, and economic stress as risk factors for perpetrating intimate partner violence. 

To that end, the PbPV Committee has compiled the following list of resources to connect members of our community with the resources, programs, and initiatives available to support violence prevention. 


More from the CDC on violence prevention: 

Intimate partner violence risk & protective factors  

Preventing Intimate Partner Violence 2021 Factsheet 

Intimate Partner Violence Resources  


Resources @ WVU 

WVU Libraries - Healthy Relationships Support Guide 

An initiative of the Power-Based Interpersonal Violence Prevention/Education Committee, this guide complies WVU Libraries' collection of popular research-backed mental wellness books. These titles cover a range of in-demand topics, such as coping with anxiety, setting boundaries, and fostering better relationships with others and ourselves. 


WVU Collegiate Recovery 

Through activities centered around health, wellness, adventure, community, service, and fun, the WVU CRP's goal is to provide the support and resources necessary for students to thrive in their recovery and develop meaning and purpose as they move forward in life. 


WellWVU Resources on Healthy Relationships 

Resources include dealing with a broken heart, identifying relationship abuse, communication, and managing conflict. 


Voices for Change 

Online module covering substance use, sexual violence, and diversity and inclusion.  


Carruth Center Group Counseling Programs 

  • Managing your Emotions: This group will provide you with skills for managing their emotions. If you find yourself struggling with anger, frustration, episodic depression, anxiety/irritability, stress and feelings of emptiness, you would benefit from this group. The group will be a combination of skills building and discussing how those skills have been effective towards their emotion regulation. This group can help improve their relationships, problem-solve, and cope with intense feelings.   


  • Understanding Self and Others: Do you want to express yourself better in relationships? Do you want to build stronger and more meaningful relationships? Do you feel anxious, lonely, or isolated in the midst of so many people? Do you want to make changes but are not sure how to do so? These are common experiences for many students. This group is designed to help you get to know yourself and others within the context of a supportive group setting.   


  • Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Trauma Support Group: The group aims to provide education about trauma responses, while providing skills to improve coping and daily functioning while empowering one another in healing.   


  • Men’s Health and Wellness: This open-ended group is designed for any male identifying student to have a secure place to discuss, learn, and process their concerns. The group will meet weekly to discuss questions as they arise, giving each member the opportunity to explore their feelings and make connections with others who either experience similar concerns, or have learned healthy ways to cope with obstacles.   

WVU Peer Advocates 

Peer Advocates with the West Virginia University Peer Advocate program are students of all identities who are committed to responding to students impacted by sexual or intimate partner violence. Student Advocates participate through two 3-credit hour Service-Learning courses, as well as continuing education to gain an in-depth understanding of sexual and intimate partner violence and build effective advocacy skills in response to disclosures of violence. This program trains students to work to end sexual assault and power-based personal violence on campus through prevention education. 


Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous groups meeting at WVU 

West Virginia District 4 Al-Anon Meetings 

WVU Title IX Prevention Resources 

WVU Research Center on Violence 

WVU LGBTQ+ Center Safety Zone Training 

WVU Women’s Resource Center Safety Resources 

WVU Safety and Wellness Preparedness Resources