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Sexual Violence

CUMC offers support and resources for students experiencing sexual violence, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and stalking. We also provide services for survivors of childhood physical and sexual abuse.  All genders can experience sexual violence, most commonly with someone they know. Our services exist for students who may have experienced various forms of violence or abuse, either recently, or in the past, as well as co-survivors.

As a part of the Columbia University community, CUMC—along with Barnard College and Teachers College—is committed to providing a learning environment free from gender-based discrimination and harassment. As such, CUMC does not tolerate any kind of gender-based discrimination or harassment, which includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender-based harassment.

Sexual Respect: Columbia's online portal about Sexual Respect

If you believe you have been subjected to gender-based discrimination or harassment you are encouraged to report these incidents. Upon receiving a report, the University will respond, and if appropriate, take steps to prevent the recurrence of the discrimination or harassment.

On Campus Resources:

Learn more about the University’s Gender-Based Misconduct Policies for Students.

Sexual Violence Response

Columbia Health’s Sexual Violence Response provides comprehensive and integrated education about sexual and relationship violence. Its mission is to educate students about consent and coercion and promote community standards for a respectful and safe campus.

Sexual Violence Response empowers students to heal from sexual violence, make informed decisions, and take action to end sexual and relationship violence. Join the Sexual Violence Response mailing list to receive information about events, programs, and services.

This program offers hours at CUMC as well as on the Morningside Campus. Call (212) 854-4357 for more information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center

The Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center (RC/AVSC) is a part of Columbia Health Sexual Violence Response (SVR). The RC/AVSC provides peer advocacy and education to the entire University community.  Peer Advocates provide survivors and their supporters with confidential emotional support, accompaniment and referrals to on-campus and off-campus resources.  They help survivors make informed decisions about their medical, legal, and disciplinary options. Peer Advocates receive 50 hours of training and are supervised by advisors at Columbia and Barnard.

Contact Peer Advocates during Peer Advocate Office Hours or call (212) 854-HELP.

CUMC Mental Health Service (MHS)

The SHS Mental Health Service is also a source of confidential counseling.  MHS clinicians are trained in treating both recent and past traumatic events. Click here for more information.

Finally, if you do experience a sexual or physical assault and are enrolled in the Student Health Service (SHS), an SHS nurse or clinician is available to help you access the most appropriate services. Call (212) 305-3400, for assistance. If you are not enrolled in Student Health, additional resources can be found here.

Community Resources:

Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC) 

The Crime Victims Treatment Center (CVTC) of St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center is located on Manhattan's Upper West Side. We offer a full range of free services for victims of violence including crisis intervention, individual, family, and group counseling and psychiatric consultation.

CVTC’s diverse staff of New York State licensed and certified professionals includes clinical social workers, a therapist, a psychiatrist, and a legal advocate. All are experts in the treatment of emotional trauma caused by victimization and have a combined total of over 150 years of experience. We also have over 170 dedicated volunteer advocates who are trained to provide emergency room crisis intervention, advocacy and emotional support for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors and their families. 

Phone: (212) 523-4728 

Email: cvtc@cvtc-slr.org

The Rape, Abuse and Incest, National Network (RAINN)

Reaching out for help is often the first step toward healing. RAINN provides support for sexual assault victims and their loved ones through two hotlines at (800) 656--HOPE and online.rainn.org. Whether you are more comfortable on the telephone or online, RAINN has services that can guide you in your recovery. At any given moment, more than 1,100 trained volunteers are on duty and available to help victims at RAINN-affiliated crisis centers across the country. The National Sexual Assault Online Hotline is the first secure web-based crisis hotline providing live and anonymous support through an interface as intuitive as instant messaging.

Domestic and Other Violence Emergencies (DOVE)

The Domestic and Other Violence Emergencies (DOVE) is offered through the Department of Social Work at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. There are also volunteer opportunities available for anyone looking to serve as a volunteer advocate.

NYC Domestic Violence Hotline (24-hours)

(800) 621-HOPE (4673)

Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (24-hours)

(212) 714-1141