Sexual Violence Response

Sexual Violence Response (SVR) provides trauma-informed, confidential support through crisis counseling/intervention, advocacy, prevention, and outreach focused on interpersonal violence and harassment. Our mission is to eradicate all forms of gender-based violence. Through collective community action, SVR is committed to social change and creating a culture of accountability.

Contact Sexual Violence Response at (212) 854-HELP (4357) for 24/7/365 support.

Call us (212) 854-HELP/4357

About Sexual Violence Response



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The Men's Peer Education (MPE) program works to engage men as allies in ending sexual violence, relationship violence, and sexual harassment.

SVR provides resources and support to help members of the campus community stand up to sexual harassment, including bullying, stalking, intimidation and threats.


SVR offers a confidential Helpline, 24/7/365 to survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault or sexual violence. Call 212-854-HELP (4357).

Sexual Assault Resources

On Campus Resources

What to do if you have been sexually assaulted or feel your personal safety is threatened.

Off Campus Resources

Sexual Assault

Intimate Partner Violence

Safe Horizon
(800) 621-HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-SAFE (7233) or (800) 787-3244 (TTY) (24-hour hotline)

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

Identity-Based Resources

Barrier Free Living (Survivors of abuse with disabilities)
(212) 677-6668

NYC Anti-Violence Project (LGBTQ+ survivors of violence)
(212) 714-1141 (24-hour hotline)

The Network laRed (LGBTQ+ survivors of partner abuse)
(617) 742-4911

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

SOVRI: Support for Orthodox Victims of Rape and Incest Helpline (Orthodox Jewish survivors of sexual violence)
(212) 844-1495

SAVI Program Takanot Project of Mt. Sinai Hospital (Orthodox Jewish survivors of violence)
(212) 423-2144

Sauti Yetu: Center for African Women & Children (African immigrant women and families)
(718) 665-2486

Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) (women veterans)
(888) 729-2089, Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

SAKHI for South Asian Women (South Asian survivors of domestic violence)
(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
(202) 824-0707

Legal Momentum
(212) 925-6635  

NYC Family Justice Center (Manhattan)
(212) 602-2800

SVR is Advocacy, Prevention, and Outreach

Advocacy Prevention Outreach Sexual Violence Response


Empowering survivors and co-suvivors of violence by providing options and supporting their choices by:

  • Accompanying student survivors to emergency departments, NYPD, campus departments or other relevant agencies
  • Providing support and information about filing a complaint with the University's Gender-Based Misconduct Office, local law enforcement, or civil courts.
  • Connecting the campus community to resources and maintaining their confidentiality.


Stopping violence before it starts by fostering healthy attitudes, actions, and norms through education and by encouraging community responsibility.

  • Providing education training and community events.  Students can request a workshop or training to learn about consent, healthy relationships, issues of violence, how to support survivors, bystander intervention, and other pro-active ways to maintain the safety of the campus community.


Providing the campus community with information and resources.

  • Columbia administrators and staff can learn about on-campus resources for survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and gender-based harassment.  Our team will offer information about how administrators and staff can best support survivors of violence.

To request a staff workshop, please contact Sexual Violence Response at (212) 854-4357 (HELP).

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:

Volunteer with SVR

Learn more about SVR's Peer Education and Peer Advocate programs.
Apply to become an SVR Peer Educator, providing prevention and outreach services to the CU community, by completing the online application.
Apply to become an SVR Peer Advocate, providing advocacy services to the CU community, by completing the online application.

Intern with SVR

Learn more about interships with SVR.



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 professional Survivor Advocate or Peer Advocate 24/7/365 at (212) 854-HELP (4357). We offer crisis intervention, emotional support, accompaniment, information about legal and medical rights and options, and referrals to survivors.

To make a report on-campus, visit the Gender Based Misconduct Office

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

How do I access services at Sexual Violence Response & 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 professional Survivor Advocate or Peer Advocate at (212) 854-HELP.  

Advocates assist survivors by accompanying them to hospital emergency departments, the police, public safety, court, campus disciplinary proceedings and other resources. They also provide survivors with information on medical and legal rights and options.

Survivor Advocates are available 24/7/365 and Peer Advocates are available 24/7 during the academic year.

Please visit the Hours and Locations page for the most up-to-date information on office hours and availability for walk-ins at all three SVR locations.



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 January 23, 2018