An Interview with Amber Huva, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Manager at TRU.
Amber Huva, Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Manager
What brought you to TRU?
I’ve worked my entire career in community settings delivering frontline services, and I was looking for new professional development experiences. As well, the opportunity to be part of building a new anti-violence service in our community (Kamloops) was a big draw, as well as the opportunity to see where campus and community could compliment each other’s work.
How long have you been here?
I have been at TRU since September of 2016. What began as a part-time role eventually increased to full-time in summer of 2017.
What were you doing professionally before this?
I have worked in the anti-violence field since 2006, after graduating from TRU. I worked primarily with women and children experiencing domestic violence but also worked alongside adults and youth experiencing homelessness, poverty, and concerns around mental health and substance use in Kamloops.
What services does your role provide on campus?
As the Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Manager, I have three main branches of work. These include: supporting policy development on campus, supporting the development of education and prevention work including workshops and other events, and providing direct support to victim/survivors.
The kind of prevention work I do is diverse. A good example is the recent ‘Only Yes Means Yes” workshop presented by West Coast LEAF that took place in February. In terms of policy development, TRU has been working on a Sexual Violence Policy (it can be viewed here). This is an ongoing effort and if people have any suggestions or comments about the policy, they can reach out. The process of reviewing the policy will be taking place every 3 years and need the input of the TRU community—I encourage faculty to get involved.
The support I provide to survivors includes emotional support, safety planning, referrals to support services on or off campus, accompaniment to supports or through processes, information about reporting options, academic and emergency housing accommodations. I think it’s important for people to know that can also provide support to folks who are themselves providing support to someone else, with the caveat that people not share the name or any identifying information about that person with me. People make very strategic, deliberate choices about whom they choose to tell or access support from and we need to respect that they have not chosen to tell me.
How could these services be helpful for faculty?
The services I provide are available to the TRU community and that includes faculty and staff. Please feel free to reach out to me. If you have questions about the TRU Sexual Violence Policy, how to support students or need support yourself, I encourage you to be in touch.