What can I do if I am a victim of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), sexual assault, and/or stalking?
Note: Students using campus resources can also seek help from their community resources anytime.
If you have been victimized or think you may have been victimized by intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking, you may want to consider some of the options below:
- Go to someplace you feel safe. Remove yourself from dangerous settings as soon as possible.
- Talk to someone you trust like a friend, instructor, coach, resident assistant, or parent and discuss your options. Check your campus policies or code of conduct to see if college officials are required to report any information you may share with them. If you do not feel comfortable talking to your friends, family, or campus members, contact your local victim service provider. An advocate can provide you with options specific to your situation. You can also call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1 800 942 6906 and they can refer you to your local victim service provider and answer any questions you may have.
- Consider medical attention for treatment of any injuries or prevention of infections. Remember a victim advocate can assist you during the medical examination if you choose. Hospitals and medical centers provide forensic exams at no cost to the victim. College wellness/health centers can provide basic medical care for minor physical injuries and counseling services. SHARE Cards may be available to encourage students to SHARE their story.
- Consider reporting to campus security or local law enforcement. Security/law enforcement can assist in obtaining orders of protection and safety suggestions. It is important to report each occurrence of violence separately and also keep your own records even if you do not wish to report.
- Remember victim compensation and other services are available. You do not need to be a NYS resident to be eligible for assistance from the Office of Victim Services (OVS). If you are a victim of a violent crime in New York, you may apply for victim compensation. For more information, ask your local victim service provider or visit the OVS website.
- Intimate Partner Violence on College Campuses Information for Students (pdf) (text)
- Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Domestic Violence Information Guide (pdf) (text)
- Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse Information Guide (pdf) (text)
- Stalking Information Guide (pdf) (text)
- Domestic Violence: Finding Safety and Support (pdf) (text)