Sexual Violence Response
Whether you want to create a safe environment for friends, family or your community, a survivor of sexual assault or sexual violence, or a student who needs related resources, Sexual Violence Response & the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center are here to support you.
Relationship Violence Awareness Month
Join us for a month of awareness events, workshops and engagement to end sexual violence in our communities.
For the month of October, Alfred Lerner Hall will illuminate in purple, symbolizing Relationship Violence Awareness Month. In recognition of the national movement, the lights emphasize our efforts to eliminate sexual and relationship violence from our community.
Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence in Queer Communities
All genders are welcome to join Men's Peer Education (MPE) and Columbia Queer Alliance (CQA) for a discussion on intimate partner and sexual violence in Queer Communities. How do we conceive of healthy relationships and think about relationship violence? Where do LGBTQ+ communities fit into these narratives? MPE and CQA will lead a discussion about how sexual and relationship violence play out in LGBTQ+ communities. We'll work to broaden our understandings of coercion and brainstorm ways to better practice healthy relationships.
Kent Hall, Room 411
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Free refreshmens will be provided for all!
*Please note that a staff member from Sexual Violence Response will be present during the discussion.
Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center Open House
October 15, 2014
In 1991, the Rape Crisis Center was created as a safe resource on the Columbia campus for survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault. Today, the Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center continues to evolve with the needs of the campus community, including an expansion to a new office in Alfred Lerner Hall.
Join us as we celebrate this pivotal milestone at:
Lerner Hall, Room 700
4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
This is an opportunity to tour of our new offices, meet SVR advocates, prevention and outreach staff, and learn more about the services we provide.
If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 10.
Note: SVR's Lerner Hall Office will be closed for services between 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. for this event. For any immediate advocacy or business-related inquiries during the event, please go SVR Barnard Campus office at 105 Hewitt Hall.
October 23, 2014
It’s Bingo, with a consensual twist! Bring a friend and enjoy food, music, and good times.
The Kraft Center, 606 W 115th St, Rennert Hall
Navigating Boundaries & Consent in Healthy Relationships
October 27, 2014
Join other male-identified students and staff in an interactive, facilitated discussion in an SVR Men's Peer Education discussion.
Beta Theta Pi House, 550 W. 114th St
Faith-Based Responses to Relationship Violence
October 30, 2014
Sexual Violence Response, in collaboration with CONNECT (connectnyc.org) will host a breakfast and panel discussion. Leaders and scholars from different spiritual communities will address how different faiths work against and respond to relationship violence.
Columbia Health makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require other disability accommodations, such as a sign language interpreter, to attend this event, please contact Disability Services at (212) 854-2388 at least 10 days in advance of the event.
Sexual Violence Response is:
Empowering survivors and co-suvivors of violence by providing options and supporting their choices
- accompanies student survivors to emergency departments, NYPD, campus departments or other relevant agencies
- provides support and information about filing a complaint with the University's Gender-Based Misconduct Office, local law enforcement, or civil courts.
- is a confidential resource and connects the campus community to resources.
Stopping violence before it starts by fostering healthy attitudes, actions, and norms through education and by encouraging community responsibility.
- provides education training, and community events.
Providing the campus community with information and resources.
- Talk 20 - Aimed at Columbia administrators and staff, Talk20 is an initiative designed to increase awareness of on-campus resources for survivors of sexual assault or sexual violence. In 20 minutes, our team will offer information about resources at Columbia University and discuss how administrators and staff best support survivors of violence.
- Consent. Talk. Education - is designed to promote healthy sexuality, communication, and consent among Columbia University students. The goal of this initiative is to provide students with the tools and skills to build healthy consensual relationships and sexual interactions that are free from violence and coercion.
For more information or to request a workshop, please contact Sexual Violence Response at (212) 854-HELP.
Contact Sexual Violence Response 365/24/7 at (212) 854-HELP.
SVR News and Updates
August 15, 2014 - Sexual Violence Response (SVR) renovations are completed at Alfred Lerner Hall.
June 11, 2014 - SVR is currently searching for qualified individuals to join their professional team.
May 8, 2014 - We sincerely thank all students for their interests in our volunteer program.
Stay Connected with SVR!
Intimate Partner Violence
(800) 621-HOPE (4673)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
24-hour Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or (800) 787-3244 (TTY)
St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital
Crime Victims Treatment Center
New York Presbyterian Hospital DOVE : Domestic and Other Violent Emergencies Program
Victims of Crime Stalking Resource Center
(800) FYI-CALL Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. EST
NYC Anti-Violence Project (LGBTQ+)
24-hour Hotline: (212) 714-1141
The Network laRed (LGBTQ+)
New York Asian Women’s Center
24-hour Hotline (888) 888-7702
SOVRI Helpline: Support for Orthodox Victims of Rape and Incest Helpline
Open Monday-Thursday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Takanot Project, SAVI Program of Mt. Sinai Hospital (Orthodox)
Sauti Yetu: Center for African Women & Children
Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) (women who are/have served in the military)
Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
SAKHI for South Asian Women
New York City Police Department Special Victims Report Line
(212) 267-RAPE (7273)
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Adult Sexual Assault Unit
( 212) 335-9373
Gender-Based Misconduct Office (reporting to the University)
NYC Hate Crimes Hotline: (212) 335-3100