SVR & 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

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.

Peer Educators

Peer Educators lead interactive workshops and provide the campus community with information about sexual assault and relationship abuse, campus services, positive ways to communicate about sex, and ways in which we can all get involved to create a safe and supportive environment where sexual violence is not tolerated. You can request a workshop with our Peer Educators by completing the online workshop request form.

Supporting Male Survivors

Men can be survivors of violence, as adults or as children. They may also be friends, relatives, and partners of survivors. We are glad to help men better understand the dynamics of violence; we also encourage anyone who is personally dealing with issues related to violence to use the services available through the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center.

More information about on-campus and off-campus services are available. Contact the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center at (212) 854-HELP.

Get involved

You can help end sexual and relationship violence by getting involved and becoming a Peer Advocate or a Peer Educator at the SVR & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center. Fill out the SVR Volunteer Application Form if you're interested.

Last updated March 10, 2015