Abusive Relationship: Get Support

Sexual Violence Response provides 24/7/365 support via the SVR Helpline at 212-854-HELP (4357).

If You Have Experienced an Abusive Incident

After experiencing an abusive event, it can be important to find a place where you feel comfortable and safe from harm. This location could be:

  • Home
  • Friend’s room
  • Local hospital
  • Police station

If you would like to have a survivor advocate meet or accompany you to a local hospital or New York City police precinct, call 212-854-HELP (4357) (24 hours a day, 365 days a year).

Call 911 for immediate police protection and assistance.

Contact Columbia Public Safety at 212-854-5555 for assistance on the Morningside campus.

If you are being stalked or threatened, or have immediate concerns about your personal safety, Public Safety also provides a Walking Safety Escort Service.


Contact Safe Horizon's Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.621.HOPE (4673)

Check for injuries; you may have injuries that you can't see or feel. Take pictures of any visible injuries.

Medical Resources

  • Columbia Health Medical Services (Morningside campus)
  • Columbia University Medical Center Student Health Services
  • Barnard Primary Care Health Service
  • Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital Emergency Care, 212-523-3330, West 113th and Amsterdam
  • Roosevelt Hospital Emergency Department, 212-523-6800, 59th & 10th Avenue
  • Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center: Domestic and Other Violent Emergencies (DOVE), 212-305-9060, West 168th and Broadway
  • Crime Victims Treatment Center Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, 212-523-4728, call for appointment Monday–Friday, 9:00 AM –5:00 PM

Intimate partner or relationship violence occurs in many forms and it exists on a spectrum. Abuse can be physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, financial and academic, and is usually a combination of several of these factors.

Find out if you might be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship at The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Learn about your rights at the National Network to End Domestic Violence

Trust your instincts: if something feels wrong, it probably is.

A safety plan includes personalized, concrete steps you can take to reduce the possibility of being harmed, whether physically or emotionally, by an abusive partner. 

A combination of factors including the different forms of abuse shape each person’s experience and impact a person’s safety plan needs. SVR encourages you to consult a Survivor or Peer Advocate to assist with developing a personalized safety plan specific to you.

You can also consult this safety plan for college students.

Always have access to your safety plan. If you cannot keep it, you can memorize the most important details on it. You can also give a copy to someone you trust.

Call a professional Survivor Advocate or Peer Advocate from Sexual Violence Response to assist you in creating a safety plan, (212) 854-HELP (4357) (available 24/7/365).

Counseling is often helpful for survivors because it provides a safe place to talk about your experience and your feelings.

Counseling Resources:

Survivors and/or Co-Survivors (friends, family, classmates) may choose to visit the Sexual Violence Response and Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center to enlist confidential support around:

  • Reporting rights:
  • On-campus accommodations (Housing, Academic, Financial)
  • On- and off-campus referrals (mental health, follow up care, healing support)
  • Safety planning
  • Assistance drafting a victim impact statement
  • Court advocacy or assistance obtaining legal representation
  • Remembering it's not your fault
  • Identifying a friend or other support person to be by your side
  • Learning how to discuss the incident with family members

Get Support

Sexual Violence Response can be accessed 24/7/365 by calling 212-854-HELP (4357). You have the option of working with a staff survivor advocate or a peer advocate. Both are confidential and certified by the New York City Department of Health to address issues of violence. They can provide crisis intervention and will discuss options for reporting and seeking medical help. They help survivors make informed decisions about their medical, legal, and disciplinary options. Advocates can accompany students to on- and off-campus resources such as hospital emergency departments, the police, the district attorney's office, and Columbia Public Safety.