Stalking: Get Support

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

If You are in Immediate Danger

Trust your instincts. Do not go home or to your residence hall alone if you think you are being followed. 

Use nearby stores, emergency departments and other publicly visible areas, including Public Safety.

Find a Safe Haven locations near the Morningside, Manhattanville, and Medical Center campuses to seek help with contacting Public Safety or the police.

Call 911 for immediate police protection and assistance.

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

  • Barnard: 212-854-6666
  • Manhattanville: 212-853-3333
  • Medical Center: 212-305-7979
  • Teachers College: 212-678-3333

Public Safety also provides a Walking Safety Escort Service.

To request a walking safety escort:

Call a professional Survivor Advocate or Peer Advocate from Sexual Violence Response, (212) 854-HELP (4357) (available 24/7/365).

Call a local stalking resource: 866-689-HELP (4357).

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.  

  • Cease all contact with your stalker.
  • Develop a safety plan for what you will do and where you will stay if your stalker shows up at your home, your class, or your job. Vary your routine if at all possible.   
  • Alert friends, roommates, classmates, family and other trustworthy people in your life so that the stalker cannot elicit information from them.
  • Change passwords for cell phones, email accounts, and social networking sites; do not post your location on social networking sites and make your profiles private.
  • Take any threats seriously.
  • Utilize safety tips from End Stalking In America
  • When technology is being used to stalk utilize resources at the National Network to End Domestic Violence

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).

  • Use this stalking log from Victims of Crime and record the date, the time, and a description of each event that happened.  
  • Be sure to save anything the stalker sends you, including packages and letters, as well as electronic documentation, such as emails, social media messages and text messages.
  • Take photographs of any property your stalker has damaged.

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

Counseling Resources:

You 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
  • Understanding the sexual assault forensic examination
  • 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

Getting 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.

Get Involved

You can help end sexual and relationship violence by getting involved and becoming a peer advocate or peer educator. Fill out the online volunteer peer application or volunteer peer educator form if you're interested.