About the Office of Advocacy & Support

The Office of Advocacy & Support provides confidential services designed to raise awareness and address the needs of those impacted by any form of trauma or violence. 

Contact Us to make an appointment with a member of our team. 

Tamara Washington, M.Ed, CA

Assistant Director

Victim Services Specialist


Tamara Washington is GW's Assistant Director for the Office of Advocacy & Support. She advocates for and supports persons affected by any form of crime. Ms. Washington is a Credentialed Advocate (CA) who holds her Bachelors of Science in Justice Studies, a Masters of Education in Professional Counseling in Higher Education, and is pursuing a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration. 

Prior to GW, Ms. Washington worked as a Victim Advocate for the rape crisis center in Carrollton, Georgia and assisted in interpersonal prevention work at the University of West Georgia. Tamara Washington has specific interests in formal and informal disclosures of survivors of sexual assault, the intersectionality of identities and its impact on how individuals navigate both higher education and the healing process. 


Emily Akari-tun Lou
Presidential Fellow and Analyst

Serving GW since 2021

[email protected]


How We Can Help

Persons impacted by crime have many choices about how to heal, recover and obtain closure; it is important to note that this may look different for every person. If you or someone you know is in need of our support, we are here for you. You do not have to face the situation alone!

The Office of Advocacy & Support provides:

  • information about rights

  • space to discuss and process feelings and reactions in confidence

  • support to individuals who have been victimized

  • reporting options (on and off campus)

  • obtaining interim supportive measures 

  • connection to community resources, including counseling, protection orders, victim compensation, and legal representation

  • accompaniment and coordination of transportation to civil protection order hearings

  • safety planning

  • coordination of transportation to Washington Hospital Center for a Forensic Exam

While the Office of Advocacy & Support is able to offer many valuable services, our office does not provide mental health counseling nor legal advice. We recognize that when survivors experience trauma, talking with a mental health professional can be helpful. Therefore, any GW student involved in any form of crime may contact the GW Colonial Health Center at 202-994-5300 to schedule an appointment. GW staff and faculty may contact the GW Employee Assistance Program (Wellbeing Hotline) at (866) 522-8509.  The Office of Advocacy & Support can connect you to additional services.

In addition, the University has designated the Office of Advocacy & Support as a confidential resource. With that being said, the Office of Advocacy & Support has an obligation to share limited and non-identifying information about all incidents with safety officials including the George Washington University Police Department (The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990). Non-identifying information includes the date, location, and type of crime (please see reference below). No identifying information is disclosed to any person(s) without the consent of the individual impacted by crime. 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please Contact Us.


Example of what information is disclosed to safety officials
Nature Case # Date Reported Date Occurred Time Location Off campus (Y or N) Disposition 
Dating Violence NA-05-2017 12/16/2017 12/14/2017 Afternoon Off Campus Y Closed. No further action.

Immediate Help

For immediate concerns, the following offices provide additional, 24/7 supportive resources:

  • Emergency Services (Police, Fire and EMS)
    • GW Police Department: (202) 994-6111
    • Off-campus: 911
  • GW Colonial Health Center
    • (202) 994-5300
  • GW Sexual Assault Response & Consultation Team (SARC)
    • (202) 994-7222
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    • (800) 656-HOPE (4673)
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    • (800) 799- SAFE (7233)
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline
    • (800) 273-8255


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