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Survivor Services

You are not alone. We believe you and we are here for you. 

Survivor Services provides confidential support to UW–Madison student victims/survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking. These services are available at no cost and available in Spanish upon request.

Survivor Services holds Open Access (drop-in) Hours during fall and spring semesters for UW–Madison student survivors as well as those seeking information on how to support a survivor. Survivor Services does not operate a 24-hour crisis line.

For more information or to set up an appointment, email

UHS Survivor Services Open Access (drop-in) Hours

This service is available to UW–Madison student survivors as well as those seeking information on how to support a survivor.

Open Access Hours for the spring semester have ended. Open Access services will resume in the Fall 2021 semester. Please check back for the updated Open Access schedule.

*If you need support during a time when Open Access is unavailable, call the UHS 24-hour Crisis Line 608-265-5600 (option 9) to speak with an on-call crisis counselor. 

Information and Referral Services

  • One-time consultation to explore needs and options for resources and support
  • Information on support groups, starting counseling, or referrals to services and care management
  • Support and consultations to family, friends, and UW–Madison employees
  • Information about reporting options
  • Information about and assistance in changing academic, living, transportation, and work situations
  • Information about criminal processes, campus policies and procedures, how to petition for a restraining order, and victim rights.

Individual Counseling

  • Trauma-sensitive, collaborative and strengths-based approach.
  • Ongoing, individualized counseling and care coordination as part of the healing process.
  • Support in working toward short and long-term healing goals
  • Survivor Services does not have a session limit. Counselors work with students to determine how many sessions may be appropriate based on individual goals and needs
  • To connect to services, please drop in to Open Access hours or email

Advocacy and Accompaniment

  • When requested by a student survivor, our staff may be available to accompany them to  appointments (i.e., medical, legal, campus disciplinary hearings) to provide support and advocate on their behalf when appropriate.
  • If you have an upcoming court date, meeting with a campus official as part of an investigation, or are reporting to law enforcement, you have the right to have a victim advocate with you.
  • Generally, we ask for two weeks notice to arrange our schedules to attend a meeting with a student.

Support Groups for Survivors

  • Confidential support groups facilitated by Survivor Services and/or Mental Health providers
  • Options for both closed and open groups
  • Topic-based and drop-in groups

Confidential means that—as allowable by law—the information survivors share with our victim advocates will not be disclosed to anyone—including law enforcement, campus authorities or parents—without the explicit written permission of the student victim/survivor. Read the UHS statement on confidentiality for victims of sexual violence.