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Community Against Violence

The University of Portland is committed to fostering a community free from all forms of violence in which all members feel safe and respected. Violence of any kind, and in particular acts of power-based personal violence, are inconsistent with our mission. 

We define violence prevention and effective response as a community responsibility. We recognize that a culture of safety requires that each one of us — students, staff, faculty, and administrators — do our part to intervene when we see something that has the potential to cause harm. Further, it is imperative that survivors of violence know they are not alone — that we are here to help

Power-Based Personal Violence (also known as interpersonal violence) is a form of violence primarily motivated by the assertion of power, control, and/or intimidation in order to harm another. This includes 

It occurs when consent is not mutually established. It can include the use of alcohol or other drugs to commit any of these acts. This form of violence includes acts committed by strangers, friends, acquaintances, intimates, or other persons.

Together, we take a stand against violence. Join us in learning more about campus and community resources and reporting options, along with our prevention strategy — Green Dot.

To get involved or request more information, please contact Megan Cohara at