PATH to Care Center

Overview

The PATH to Care Center provides affirming, empowering, and confidential support for survivors and those who have experienced gendered violence, including: sexual harassment, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and sexual exploitation. Confidential advocates bring a non-judgmental, caring approach to exploring all options, rights, and resources.

It is always the victim’s/survivor’s decision to pursue any of the available resources or to report an incident to the police or the university. We are here to support your decisions.

 

Appointments

You can set up an appointment with the advocate by calling (510) 642-1988. 

The advocate can usually meet within the same business day, or at the earliest convenience of the person seeking support.

 

Services

Our office provides holistic support, helping victims/survivors to access resources related to any aspect of life that is impacted by sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, or harassment. Services are provided at free-of-charge.

We connect people seeking assistance to resources and can accompany them to appointments, including medical, legal, administrative, and academic appointments.

We provide the following services, all of which are optional:

 

Immediate Support

  • Listen to the experiences of the person seeking support in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.
  • Provide options, rights, resources, and referrals, including referrals to the Tang University Health Center and other medical/counseling services.
  • Provide ongoing, supportive follow-up services.

 

Housing

  • Arrange for immediate relocation to a safe place.
  • Arrange for long-term safe housing, including voiding leases/contracts with apartments or residence halls.

 

Medical

  • Provide medical resources and referrals.
  • Accompany to medical exams, testing, and treatment.
  • Accompany to hospital emergency room for evidentiary sexual assault exam.

 

Safety Planning

  • Help develop a safety plan based on the victim’s/survivor’s specific needs, such as, in the case of intimate partner violence, having a bag packed with important documents; or in the case of stalking, creating a commuting plan to increase the likelihood of staying safe.
  • Coordinate with police to get additional routes by your home.

 

Academics

  • Help arrange for academic accommodations, including assignment extensions, incompletes, retroactive and medical withdrawals.
  • Assist in arranging a change in classroom sections or courses.

 

University

  • Help navigate university departments, set up appointments.
  • Assist in filing sexual assault/harassment complaints with the university.
  • Serve as liaison between departments to facilitate disciplinary proceedings.
  • Accompany to hearings.

 

Legal

  • Explain legal options and process.
  • Help initiate a police and/or university report.
  • Guide and/or accompany through entire legal process, including to hearings, court appearances.
  • Help with orders of protection and accompany to court.
     

 

Links to resources

For comprehensive information about resources for victims/survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and intimate partner violence, including medical and counseling information, please visit the Sexual Harassment & Violence Support and Education page.

Kiara Lee, MSW, in a Confidential Advocate with more than seven years experience. For the past two years, Kiara has worked as a Confidential Advocate and Student Care Manager at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to UCLA, she worked as a Shelter Manager and advocate in a confidential 50-bed shelter for survivors of violence in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has facilitated trainings for both community and university service providers on appropriate responses to sexual assault and dating violence disclosures as well as effects of trauma on survivors. Kiara holds a Bachelor's degree in Family Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master's degree in Social Work from The North Carolina State University.

kiaralee@berkeley.edu

Tiffany Hsiang, MSW, is a Confidential Advocate dedicated social justice, women’s empowerment, and LGBTQ advocacy. For the past three years, she has worked as a Clinician at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), where she lived out her passion for providing compassionate, strengths-based counseling and advocacy to survivors and significant others affected by sexual violence. Additionally, she facilitated trainings to service providers at colleges, hospitals, and community organizations to enhance responses to sexual assault disclosures.

In April 2015, she received the Innovations Award as part of BARCC’s Clinical Services Program from the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

thsiang@berkeley.edu

Mari Knuth-Bouracee, MA, is the Director of Sexual Assault Prevention & Student Advocacy.  As Director, Mari provides confidential support and advocacy and collaborates closely with offices already providing education and outreach regarding sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

Mari most recently has been at the University of California, Davis with the Women’s Resources and Research Center since 2011. During her time at UC Davis, Mari has served as Interim Director and Assistant Director for Outreach. Prior to UC Davis, Mari spent significant time as an advocate for social justice, gender equity, and service while working at Bowling Green University’s Office of Service Learning and Boston College’s Women’s Resource Center. 

She additionally served as an Advocate as part of the Boston College Sexual Assault Network and Victim Witness Advocate with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in Waltham, MA. Furthermore, Mari has had experience providing training to residential life staff as well as taken on leadership roles with both the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Mari received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Boston College and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration & College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. She is also a California state-certified Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Counselor.

mknuth@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-1988.