The Jean Nidetch Women’s Center provides free and confidential support services to members of the UNLV community who have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship abuse, family violence and/or stalking. Programs and services are available to people of all identities and regardless of status. The JNWC aims to end these forms of power-based personal violence by engaging the campus community in education, programming and transformative action.
The UNLV Women’s Center was named and dedicated to Jean Nidetch in 1994 after her generous donation to fund the center and to set up a scholarship endowment for students who have faced and overcome adversity in achieving their academic goals.
The CARE Advocate program was founded in 2002 as the S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault Facts and Education) Team, and they provided peer education to UNLV students about the prevention of sexual assault on campus. The SAFE Team began incorporating domestic and dating violence education in 2008.
After receiving funding from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) Grant in 2011, the JNWC began offering crisis intervention and advocacy services to UNLV students, staff, and faculty. Through in-office services, and the 24/7 CARE Line, the CARE Advocates continue to provide trauma-informed and healing centered services to the UNLV community.