The Phoenix Center at Anschutz

Interpersonal Violence Resources

The Phoenix Center at Anschutz (PCA)​ is a free and confidential resource for students, faculty, and staff who are affected by interpersonal violence (IPV) including relationship violence, sexual violence, and stalking.

How the PCA Can Help

  • Our 24/7 helpline is available for support, even over breaks. We can process and discuss your situation, explain more about the complexities of interpersonal violence, and refer you to the right place.
  • Our advocate provides emotional support, discuss options, and creates plans to keep you safe.
  • We provide academic advocacy including getting deadlines extended, arranging make-up tests, and excusing absences to help you stay successful.
  • We can accompany you to court, help file a police report, or go with you to the hospital for a medical forensic exam.
  • We can explain student conduct and Title IX processes and support you if you choose to file a report with the school.​
  • We are here for you.

Contact the PCA


Located at Education 2 North, Room 3101

Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8am – 5pm, partially remote. It's best to call ahead if you can.

For more information: 303-724-9120

Our 24/7 Free and Confidential Helpline through Auraria Campus: 303-556-CALL (2255)

If you are ready, you can schedule an appointment by contacting

You can refer a colleague, student or staff member here.

Please note that we will not contact someone if we do not know for sure that they are in a safe location. We do not want to put anyone's safety at risk.

            What Does the Phoenix Center do

Current Projects 

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Phoenix Center at Anschutz has been diligently working to create a platform to collect stories from patients and medical professionals.

Our goals are to create awareness of the treatment of patients who have experienced interpersonal violence, to show the importance of Trauma & Violence Informed Care Education and how having those skills as a medical professional can greatly improve the experience of patients, as well as comparatively how not utilizing best practices can negatively impact patients.
We aim to demonstrate to the public, with real-life examples, how vital trauma-informed care is in the medical professions.

Please consider aiding our efforts by scanning the QR code and taking this short survey.

Opportunities to Get Involved on Campus 


Important Definitions

Relationship Violence

Also called domestic violence, dating violence, or intimate partner violence—this is a pattern of abuse that occurs in an intimate, romantic relationship. It can take many different forms, including:

  • physical (e.g. hitting or pushing)
  • emotional (e.g. extreme jealousy, isolation)
  • verbal (e.g. yelling, swearing, name calling)
  • financial (e.g. withholding money so one partner is dependent on the other)
  • psychological (e.g. threats of suicide and/or homicide)
  • sexual (e.g. forcing or coercing a partner to have sex when they don’t want to)

Sexual Violence

This is a catch-all term that is most commonly associated with rape, but also includes sexual harassment, unwanted touching, etc. Any act of sex where the actor has not obtained consent from the other person(s) can be sexual assault. It is important to remember that no matter where you are, what you’re wearing, or what substances you have consumed, it is NEVER your fault if someone sexually assaults you.


A willful course of conduct directed at a specific person that will cause that person to be afraid or intimidated. Stalking can occur during a relationship, after a relationship, or in the absence of a relationship (e.g. a stranger or acquaintance stalking someone). Stalking makes normally legal behaviors illegal and can take several forms such as following a person; harassing via phone calls, text messages, emails, or social media; and leaving unwanted gifts.