Sexual Violence Response

Advocacy Prevention Outreach 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.

What to do if you've been sexually assaulted, stalked or experience intimate partner violence


Relationship Violence Awareness Month

Eliminating Sexual Assault From Our Communities

Join us for a month of awareness events, workshops and engagement to end sexual violence in our communities.

Allfred Lerner Hall in Purple Lights

Purple Lights

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 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.

Consent Bingo
October 23, 2014

It’s Bingo, with a consensual twist! Bring a friend and enjoy food, music, and good times.

7:30-9:00 p.m.
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. 

7:30 p.m.
Beta Theta Pi House, 550 W. 114th St

Faith-Based Responses to Relationship Violence
October 30, 2014

Sexual Violence Response, in collaboration with CONNECT ( 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.

9:30-11:00 a.m.
Faculty House

Disability Accommodation

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.

Call us (212) 854-HELP/4357
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.

Sexual Assault Resources

Stay Connected with SVR!

Become part of the movement to end sexual violence! If you have any questions or want more information, stay connected with SVR by:

Off-Campus Resources

Sexual Assault

Intimate Partner Violence

Safe Horizon
(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
(212) 523-4728

New York Presbyterian Hospital DOVE : Domestic and Other Violent Emergencies Program
(212) 305-9060


Victims of Crime Stalking Resource Center
(800)  FYI-CALL Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. EST

Identity-Based Resources

NYC Anti-Violence Project (LGBTQ+)
24-hour Hotline: (212) 714-1141

The Network laRed (LGBTQ+)
(617) 742-4911

New York Asian Women’s Center  
24-hour Hotline (888) 888-7702

SOVRI Helpline: Support for Orthodox Victims of Rape and Incest Helpline
(888) 613-1613
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)
(212) 423-2144

Sauti Yetu: Center for African Women & Children
(718) 665-2486

Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) (women who are/have served in the military)
(888) 729-2089
Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SAKHI for South Asian Women
(212) 868-6741


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)
(212) 854-1717

NYC Hate Crimes Hotline: (212) 335-3100


NYS Crime Victims Board - (800) 247-8035

National Crime Victims Bar Association (202) 467-8753

Connect, Inc. (212) 683-0605

Break the Cycle - (800) 214-4150

Legal Momentum
(212) 925-6635  

NYC Family Justice Center Manhattan
(212) 602-2800



Where can survivors of sexual violence get help on-campus?

If you are a survivor of sexual assault and would like to talk to someone immediately, please contact a Peer Advocate at (212) 854-HELP. We offer emotional support, accompaniment, and referrals to survivors and their supporters, and educate students, administrators, and faculty around the dynamics and effects of sexual violence and relationship violence.

To make a report, visit the Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct website.

For a full list of on-campus resources, please visit the Emergency page.

How do I access services at the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center?

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, gender-based harrassment or gender-based violence and would like to talk to someone immediately, please contact a Peer Advocate at (212) 854-HELP. Peer Advocates assist survivors by accompanying them to the hospital, health services, the police, public safety, court, campus disciplinary proceedings and other resources. They also help survivors make informed decisions about reporting and disciplinary options.

Peer Advocates are available 24/7 during the academic year. To call a Peer Advocate, dial (212) 854-HELP and press "1". Leave a message with a safe number and a Peer Advocate will call you back within 10 minutes.

They are also available by phone and appointment Tuesdays and Thursdays-Sundays from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. If you have an appointment scheduled with a Peer Advocate during these hours, you may go to 105 Hewitt. You can access Hewitt Hall through Brooks Hall in the Barnard Quad. Check in at the Security Desk and tell them you are going to 105 Hewitt. Please remember to bring your University ID.

How do I help a friend who has experienced sexual assault?

Seventy percent of student survivors of sexual assault tell a friend or someone else they know that they were assaulted. Active support of a friend is a primary factor that distinguishes those who report from those who do not.

Listen. Believe unconditionally. People rarely lie about being sexually assaulted. Be sure your friend knows how much you support him/her.

Let the survivor control the situation. Let your friend determine the pace of healing. Help your friend understand the options available, and encourage your friend to keep his/her options open. Most important, allow your friend to make his/her own decisions.

Assure your friend it was not his/her fault. No one asks to be sexually assaulted. Avoid blaming questions and judgmental statements such as, ”Why didn’t you scream?” or ”If I ever get my hands on the creep. . .” Do not search for things your friend should have done.

Give your full attention. A friend may confide in you 10 minutes or 10 years after the assault. It does not matter so much what you say but how well you listen. Remember that your friend’s sense of trust has been violated, so one of the most important things you can do is respect his/her need for confidentiality.

Trust your instincts. If the assault happened recently, encourage your friend to get medical attention as soon as possible.

Do not be afraid to ask for outside help. Your friend may need medical attention or counseling. Offer to help your friend through these processes. Your friend can get medical attention from a private doctor, a clinic, or a hospital emergency room. Only the emergency room can collect evidence that can be used in a criminal trial. It is the patient's legal right to decide to report. Bringing a friend or advocate to the ER can be very helpful.

How do I become a volunteer with SVR?

There are many opportunities for current students to get involved with Sexual Violence Response by applying online to be a (an):


My student group would like some education on sexual violence. Where can I request a workshop or training with SVR?

We require a minimum of three weeks’ notice to schedule a workshop. Fill out our online request form.

I would like SVR to co-sponsor my group's event; how can I apply for co-sponsorship?

Student groups can apply for co-sponsorship with SVR using our online form. Please submit at least one month prior to the event.

Last updated October 22, 2014