UHS rolls out new bystander program to help prevent sexual assault and dating violence
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Campus & community resources
Resources and services for victims and survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking are available on campus and in the Madison community.
- Victim Rights
- Printable resources for victims
- Protections for victims who were drinking underage at the time of the crime
- Assistance outside the Madison area
- Filing a Title IX Complaint with the Department of Education
Victim advocacy, 24-hour support, and counseling »
Whether you need support now or years after experiencing sexual assault or dating violence, confidential help is available 24 hours a day.
UHS Violence Prevention & Survivor Services provides free victim advocacy and confidential support to UW-Madison student victim/survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking. Our staff can provide emotional support, assist with arranging academic and housing accommodations, can provide information about reporting options, and support survivors in deciding what is most helpful for them. Please note that UHS Violence Prevention & Survivor Services does NOT operate a 24-hour crisis line.
The Rape Crisis Center is a community agency providing free and confidential services for survivors of all forms of sexual violence, including medical and legal advocacy, support groups, short-term counseling, and community education. Chimera self-defense classes are available for a small fee.
24-Hour Crisis Line: 608-251-7273
Campus Location: 608-265-6389
Community Office: 608-251-5126
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services is an off-campus community agency providing free and confidential services for survivors of dating/domestic violence, stalking, including emergency shelter, legal advocacy, community education, and support groups.
24-Hour Help Lines 608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045
UHS Mental Health Services provides confidential on-campus mental health resource for UW–Madison students, providing individual, couple/partner, and group counseling.
608-265-5600 (option 2)
333 East Campus Mall, Floor 7
24-Hour Crisis Services: 608-265-5600 (option 9)
Medical options »
If you have been sexually assaulted, or are not sure, there are several ways to get support from the Women's Health Clinic.
- Make an appointment at the Women's Health Clinic either online via MyUHS (select "unwanted sexual encounter/sexual assault" as visit type) or by calling 608-265-5600 (option 1).
- Speak to a nurse directly about options following sexual assault by calling 608-852-9533 during UHS open hours (M-F 8:30 am -5 pm). You may remain anonymous if you prefer. After 5 pm, you may call the UHS Crisis Line at 608-265-5600 (option 9) or the Rape Crisis Center 24-hour line at 608-251-7273 for support.
- Drop-in to the Women's Health Clinic on the 6th floor during clinic hours (M-F, 9 am-5 pm) and ask to talk to the nurse.
Many students are sexually assaulted while intoxicated and are not sure exactly what happened or which resources they need. UHS is a confidential, non-judgmental place for students of all genders to discuss options, regardless if they were drinking. UHS can review the risk of pregnancy, STIs, and physical injuries with the student, and provide more information about reporting options, emotional support, and academic accommodations.
Help is available for survivors of sexual violence. A comprehensive list of services available both on campus and in the community is available here.
UHS Medical Services offers confidential medical services for students affected by sexual assault and dating violence including treatment of injuries, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, HIV testing and counseling, and screening and treatment of other STIs. The UHS Women's Health clinic offers support to students who have experienced an unwanted sexual encounter. UHS does not perform forensic (“rape kit”) examinations; those are done by Meriter Hospital’s Forensic Nurse Examiner Program.
333 East Campus Mall, Floors 5 and 6
24-Hour Nurse Line: 608-265-5600 (option 1)
The Forensic Nurse Examiners Program at Meriter Hospital provides confidential medical and forensic examinations for the victims of sexual assault and dating violence. The nurses can examine your body for injuries, collect evidence, and can offer medications to prevent STIs and/or pregnancy. Evidence can be collected within five days of assault. Victims can use these services regardless of their decision to involve police. Call for information about payment; insurance does not need to be billed, some services can be accessed at no cost.
Meriter Hospital, 202 South Park St.
Emergency room entrance
The SAFE Fund is a program that can provide financial assistance for the cost of a forensic medical exam for victims of sexual assault. The SAFE Fund can reimburse medical providers when a victim does not report the crime to law enforcement, does not wish to cooperate with law enforcement through prosecution, or does not wish to submit the bill to his or her insurance provider or be personally responsible for payment of the bill. The medical provider must apply for this benefit at victim's request.
Reporting options »
All reports made to UW-Madison will be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. Sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking are forms of gender discrimination and violations of Title IX, Wisconsin state law, and UW System Administrative Code. For more information about campus investigation policies, see the most recent Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. You have the right to be accompanied by a victim advocate or any person of your choosing if you report to any of the following offices.
The Campus Title IX Coordinator serves as the point person regarding Title IX compliance for UW-Madison. Reports of sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and discrimination on the basis of sex can be made to Lauren Hasselbacher, UW-Madison’s Title IX Coordinator.
The Dean of Students Office is designated to receive and respond to allegations of student misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking. Upon receiving a report, DoSO will provide victims with written information, assistance, and referrals.
1429 Monroe St.
211 S. Carroll St.
Population-specific services »
These agencies provide culturally-specific and relevant services with highly trained and skilled staff.
Deaf Unity has a staff who are deaf and use American Sign Language to provide services to and advocates for deaf victims by: listening to victims and their experiences with abuse; providing victims emotional and moral support: empowering victims with information, strategies and choices to make themselves safe, healthy and independent; providing information to people who know and are concerned about someone who may be experiencing abuse; going with the victim to court or a medical appointment. Services are free, confidential, safe, and private.
Freedom, Inc. provides services that are language-gender-generation and culture-specific to women, gender non-conforming, and youth, in African American and Southeast Asian families. Services to domestic violence and sexual assault victims and survivors include advocacy, outreach, referral, direct services and support services to victims/survivors and their families. Services are free of charge and confidential.
Room to Be Safe: A phone line staffed by LGBTQ anti-violence advocates at Diverse & Resilient who can help connect you to a provider or talk through your situation with you. The Room to Be Safe website also contains information about LGBTQ intimate partner abuse.
Call or text Room to Be Safe at 414-856-LGBT (5428) for assistance, referrals, support, and safety planning.
This is not a 24-hour hotline. A call will be returned to you within 24 hours on weekdays and varying hours on weekends. You can ask for a phone call or text.
UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence provides direct services to Latina and non-Latina survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in Dane and surrounding counties, including information and referral, support groups, leadership development, advocacy, peer support, and community organizing. Services and programs are culturally relevant to the realities of survivors served.
Toll Free: 1-800-510-9195
Legal assistance »
UW-Madison does not provide legal assistance or attorneys to individual students. There are legal resources available in the Madison community.
Dane County District Attorney's Office, Victim Witness Unit provides services to victims of criminal cases that are referred to the District Attorney for prosecution.
215 S. Hamilton St. #3000
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services offers a legal advocacy program--not attorneys-- for victims of domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking.
Rise Law Center is a non-profit law office that provides culturally relevant legal representation in the following areas: family law; immigration law; civil injunctions/restraining orders; and immigration needs, including U-Visas, T-Visas, and VAWA self petitions.
RISE Law Center
1245 E Washington Ave #102
Madison, WI 53703
Community Justice, Inc. is a non-profit law firm that helps provide free legal advice and representation to survivors of sexual assault. CJI utilizes a network of pro bono attorneys for this program. The UW Survivors Legal Program is available to assist with various legal needs of survivors, including restraining orders, reporting to law enforcement, criminal justice proceedings, and campus disciplinary proceedings.
To inquire about services contact CJI at 608-204-9642 and mention the UW Survivors Program.
214 N. Hamilton St., Suite 101
The State Bar of Wisconsin Lawyer Referral and Information Service helps identify the most appropriate resource for legal needs.
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University Housing can offer different housing accommodations upon request when it is reasonable to do so for students who live in University Housing. UW-Madison is obligated to comply with a victim’s request for a living situation change following an alleged sex offense if it is reasonably available, regardless of whether a victim chooses to report the crime to campus or local law enforcement. Contact your House Fellow or a Housing staff member. Please be aware that if you report sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking to University Housing when requesting assistance, UW-Madison may be obligated to initiate a Title IX hostile environment or disciplinary action investigation.
Crime Victim Compensation (CVC) helps pay for unreimbursed eligible expenses that result from the crime. Crime reporting to law enforcement is generally required. Victims of violent crime and family members, domestic partners or household members of deceased victims may have significant out-of-pocket expenses through no fault of their own.
Phone in Madison area: (608) 264-9497
Toll-free: (800) 446-6564
TTY: (800) 947-3529
SAFEwalk provides nighttime walking escorts throughout the entire UW-Madison campus except the far west side (UW Hospital and Eagle Heights). Students work in two-person escort teams throughout campus to respond to requests for walks, watch for suspicious situations around campus, and answer transportation/safety-related questions. Please visit the website for the most up to date information about hours, holidays, and other policies. UW ID number will be requested.
On this website, “confidentiality” pertains only to adults who disclose sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and/or stalking to the offices who provide confidential services. It does not apply to state-mandated obligations to report child/elder abuse or threat of harm to self or others.