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Survivor Services

UHS Survivor Services provides free, confidential support services to UW–Madison student survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and/or stalking. Our providers and advocacy staff can provide emotional support, individual and group counseling, assistance with requesting academic and housing accommodations, information about reporting options, and support survivors in determining what is most helpful for them. Read our FAQs for more information. For a comprehensive guide to rights and resources for survivors of sexual and relationship violence, access the UW-Madison Sexual Misconduct Resource and Response Guide.

Our Services

Advocacy

Assistance with accommodations, information about rights and reporting options, accompaniments, referrals, and consultations.

Mental Health

Trauma-informed group counseling, individual therapy (biweekly), and care management to support healing and post-traumatic growth.

Medical

Care for STI testing and treatment, emergency contraception, Forensic Nurse services, pregnancy testing and options, and treatment of injuries.

Contact us

Phone

608-265-5600 (option 3)

Crisis Lines

UHS

608-265-5600 (option 9)

Rape Crisis Center

608-251-7273

DAIS

608-251-4445

Medical Resources

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UHS Medical Services: Gynecology/Sexual Health

333 East Campus Mall, Floors 5 & 6
608-265-5600
24-hour nurse line: 608-265-5600 (option 1)

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.

Forensic medical exams are also available at UHS during business hours through DaneMAC for no-cost. Forensic nurses can provide emotional support, physical examination and wellness check, collection of medical forensic evidence, assistance with reporting to police (mandatory reporting for students under 18), assistance with concerns about sexually transmitted infection (STI) and pregnancy, assistance with safety planning, and development of a medical follow-up plan. See our frequently asked questions (linked at the top of the page) for more information.

If you have been sexually assaulted, or are not sure, there are several ways to get support:

  • Make an appointment with the Gynecology/Sexual Health either online via MyUHS 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 a.m.–5 p.m.). You may remain anonymous.
  • Drop-in to the 6th floor Blue clinic during clinic hours (M-F, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.) and ask to speak with a nurse.

UnityPoint Health, Meriter Forensic Nurse Examiner Program

202 South Park St, Emergency room entrance
608-417-5916

The Forensic Nurse Examiners Program at UnityPoint Health—Meriter 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. There is no requirement to report to law enforcement if over 18. Call for information about payment; insurance does not need to be billed, some services can be accessed at no cost. Forensic exams at UnityPoint Health – Meriter are available 24/7.

SAFE Fund

The SAFE Fund program can provide financial assistance to pay for a forensic medical exam. Forensic nurse exams conducted at UHS will be paid for using the SAFE Fund; insurance information will not be collected and students/families will not be billed for this service. Forensic nurse exams at Meriter can also be paid for with the SAFE Fund; insurance information may be collected and there is a small possibility patients will be billed if additional emergency medical services are needed.

Population-specific Services

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Deaf Unity

help@deafunitywi.org
Text helpline: 608-466-2881, Mondays through Fridays 9 a.m.–10 p.m.

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.

601 Bay View, Madison
608-661-4089, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
refugeeproject@hotmail.com

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

ipv.diverse@gmail.com
Call or text 414-856-LGBT (5428)

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 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.

Disability Rights Wisconsin

800-928-8778

Disability Rights Wisconsin provides support and advocacy services to survivors of crime with disabilities. Services include victim advocacy, disability services assistance, legal advice, and emotional support.

UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence

24-Hour Help Line: 800-510-9195
Office: 608-256-9195

UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence provides bilingual/bicultural services for Latinx and immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including advocacy, information and referrals, support groups, and 24/7 Spanish help line, LA RED.

Legal Assistance

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Lawyer Referral and Information Service

800-362-9082

The State Bar of Wisconsin helps identify the most appropriate resource for legal needs.

Community Justice, Inc.

608-204-9642

This non-profit law firm that helps provide free legal advice and representation to survivors of sexual assault, utilizing 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.

Rise Law Center

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.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services

Office: 608-251-1237
Helpline: 608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045 (24 hours)
info@abuseintervention.org

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services offers a legal advocacy program—not attorneys—for victims of domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking.

VOCA Restraining Order Clinic

The VOCA Restraining Order Clinic provides direct legal services to victims/survivors of intimate-partner violence in Dane, Jefferson, Rock and Sauk Counties. Law students assist victims/survivors of intimate-partner violence by completing Restraining Order petitions, representing them at injunction hearings (restraining-order hearings), and providing relevant resources under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty. The Clinic provide services with no cost to the victim/survivor.

Dane County District Attorney’s Office

608-266-9003

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.

Community-Based Advocacy & 24-Hour Support Services

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Domestic Abuse Intervention Services

24-hour help lines: 608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045.
abuseintervention.org/

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.

Rape Crisis Center

thercc.org/
24-hour crisis line: 608-251-7273
Campus location: 608-265-6389
Community office: 608-251-5126

RCC 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.