About Penn Violence Prevention

Penn Violence Prevention (PVP) engages the Penn community in the prevention of sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment on campus. We foster collaborative relationships across campus to ensure a survivor-centered, multi-faceted approach to support services and primary prevention. Through collective community action, we are committed to ending interpersonal violence by addressing gender inequity, social injustice, and oppression through outreach and education.

PVP is a collaborative program that grew out of the Penn Women’s Center under the leadership of former PVP Director, Jessica Mertz. It is now housed in the Division of the Vice Provost of University Life. PVP works closely with a team of colleagues across campus to provide education and outreach. The staff also serve as confidential resources for students affected by sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking.

Key campus partners include:
Special Services, Division of Public Safety
Penn Women’s Center
Student Intervention Services
Student Health Services
Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Initiatives
Cultural Resource Centers
Office of Student Affairs Fraternity & Sorority Life