Student Advocacy Center, Sexual Civility and Empowerment Program (SCE)
These services are part of the Office of Student Life's Student Advocacy Center and advocates work with students dealing with sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. SCE provides education/prevention programs, as well as support and advocacy. Contact a SCE advocate for support in understanding your medical and legal options, and for support throughout criminal or OSU conduct proceedings. Financial assistance is available for students who have experienced sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking through the Sexual Violence Assistance Fund. Advocates can also provide assistance with academic, housing, transportation, and other related issues.
- (614) 292-4806
Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) (confidential reporting resource)
- Student Life’s CCS provides counseling and consultation to all students enrolled at OSU. Students’ spouses/partners who are covered by the Comprehensive Student Health Insurance are also eligible for services. CCS offers counseling and therapy to help students address personal, academic and career concerns. Both individual and group counseling are available. Their diverse staff specializes in a number of issues, including (but not limited to) substance abuse, eating disorders, sexual assault, relationship violence, international student concerns, LGBTQIA issues, and multiculturalism.
- (614) 292-5766
Student Health Services
- The Wilce Student Health Center at The Ohio State University is a Joint Commission accredited outpatient facility providing a variety of health care services to the student population. All students enrolled at OSU are eligible to use the health service, regardless of health insurance coverage.
- (614) 292-4321
- Student Life’s University Housing team provides services to the students who live in residence halls (“on-campus”). Staff assesses both initial and long term needs. Housing staff, including Resident Advisors, Hall Directors and other full time staff are available to assist. While there is a hearing process for non-suspendable infractions, situations which could result in a suspension are typically forwarded to Student Conduct. University Housing also provides educational programming to enhance academic studies and foster student development.
- (614) 292-8266
Faculty/Staff Assistance Program
- The Ohio State EAP, available 24/7/365 for Ohio State benefits-eligible faculty, staff, and family members provides life assistance for a wide array of personal, work-related, and daily living challenges such as stress, marital/family challenges, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, legal consultation, identify theft support, financial consultation, childcare and eldercare locators, and much more. All EAP services are personalized to fit your specific need and are provided by the Ohio State University Health Plan, Inc.
Student Legal Services
- Student Legal Services is a non-profit law office providing legal services to eligible OSU students, including assistance with landlort-tenant disputes, obtaining civil protection orders, and crime victims compensation.
Central Ohio Resources
- SARNCO 24 hour Rape Helpline (614-267-7020). The Rape Helpline is staffed by trained volunteers who can provide information about options, provide appropriate referrals and offer emotional support.
- CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence (614-224-4663). The hotline sponsored by CHOICES is staffed by individuals with expertise on relationship abuse and also provides a direct way for those needing emergency shelter to access it.
- Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) (866)86-BRAVO or (614) 294-7867 BRAVO provides survivor advocacy and assistance regarding hate crimes, discrimination, domestic violence, and sexual assault. BRAVO is a founding member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). Each year, BRAVO documents incidences of hate crimes and domestic violence along with similar agencies across the United States. http://bravo-ohio.org/
Asian American Community Services (614) 312-0337
- The Family Support Program (FSP) is a volunteer-based program that addresses issues of violence such as: domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and hate crimes. FSP assists Asian victims and their families who suffer from any types of above violence in the community. The program supports and assists the victims by helping them to understand their options and working with them on making important decisions about the American social system including legal/court, medical and educational system. They have trained staff and volunteers who are bilingual in Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Laotian, and Vietnamese. FSP provides necessary intervention, ensuring confidential, efficient, accurate and client-friendly services.
Capital University Law School’s Family Advocacy Clinic (614) 236-6500
- The Clinic serves victims of domestic violence who do not meet eligibility criteria to receive legal aid assistance, but who are still unable to afford a private attorney. The Clinic’s partners include the Legal Aid Society, CHOICES Shelter, and the Columbus City Attorney’s Office. If students meet their criteria, they may assist with attaining a protection order.
Columbus City Attorney’s Domestic Violence & Stalking Unit (614) 645-6232
- This office takes reports, investigates cases and assists with needs of victims/survivors during the court process for misdemeanor domestic violence and stalking cases. A referral may be made for those seeking a protection order. If you wish to file a criminal complaint you must appear in person at the Prosecution Resources Unit, Intake Section which is located on the 7th floor of 375 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Columbus Police Department Sexual Abuse Squad (614) 645-4701
- Takes reports and investigates sexual assault cases which occur off campus in the city of Columbus. Columbus police detectives may meet a victim/survivor in the emergency department of central Ohio hospitals, at the location of the crime, in the victim’s/survivor’s home (if they reside in Columbus) or at the police station located in downtown Columbus.
Columbus Urban League (614) 257-6300
- Free support and education services for African American clients. The Columbus Urban League provides community education and support services for rape and sexual assault victims. They may also help victims/survivors file for Victims of Crime Compensation and offers a school based curriculum on rape and sexual assault.
FirstLink 24-Hour Information & Referral Services (TTY# 341-2272) (614) 221-2255
- A general referral resource to help address a wide range of needs (e.g. clothing, housing, food, etc.).
Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office Victim/Witness Assistance Unit (614) 462-3555
Mt. Carmel Crime & Trauma Assistance Program (614) 234-5900
- The Mount Carmel Crime and Trauma Assistance Program provides specialized professional assistance to victims of crime and trauma. Available to both adults and children, the program facilitates recovery through education and therapeutic intervention, with personal and empathetic opportunities for support and healing in both group and individual settings. Mt. Carmel provides free counseling services and begins their intake process by phone. Please call them for more information.
Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Program (877) 584-2846) (614) 466-5610
Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) (800) 656-4673
Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO) 24-Hour Rape Helpline (614) 267-7020
- 24-Hour Emergency Room Advocacy – Trained volunteer advocates provide emotional support, crisis intervention and community referral information to survivors of sexual violence in local hospital emergency departments. In addition, SARNCO works with Deaf Women Against Violence Everywhere to provide culturally appropriate advocacy to survivors who are Deaf in the emergency department.
- 24-Hour Rape Helpline – Trained volunteer advocates provideemotional support, crisisintervention and community referral information over thetelephone to survivors of sexualviolence, co-survivors and thecommunity.
- Sexual Violence Prevention Program – SARNCO provides prevention education and outreach about sexual assault, dating violence and sexual harassment in the community.
- Long-Term Advocacy and Recovery Resources – SARNCO provides long-term advocacy and support to survivors and co-survivors who need assistance working with law enforcement, navigating the criminal justice system and with links to other community services during the recovery process. Recovery books geared toward healing from sexual violence are available at no cost to survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault. Long-term advocacy services and free recovery books can be accessed through the 24-Hour Rape Helpline at (614) 267-7020. SARNCO also maintains a Resource Center which has hundreds of books, journals, videos and resource materials on sexual assault and relationship violence that can be checked-out by survivors, co-survivors and members of the community.
Stalking Resource Center 1-800-FYI-CALL (M-F 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM EST) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Suicide Prevention Services 24-Hour Hotline (614) 221-5445
- VINELink is the online version of VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday), the National Victim Notification Network. This service allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Some states have the ability to display this website in Spanish. Victims and other concerned citizens can also register to be notified by phone, email, text message (SMS) or TTY device when an offender's custody status changes. Users can also register through their participating state or county toll-free number.
If a person is dealing with a stalker or intimate partner abuse/domestic violence situation, it is important to take precautions when accessing any kind of support. In some circumstances, stalkers and/or abusers may access phone or computer records. When possible, people in these situations may want to use public computers or phones to seek out information. It is also good to safeguard your information by frequently changing passwords to random, unpredictable ones. It may also be helpful to think about steps that can be taken to keep information away from a stalker or intimate partner (e.g. keeping things with a friend or getting mail at a different address).
The nature of the resources listed below is for immediate or primary support or advocacy, as well as local ongoing services. For other resources, including advocacy, informational/educational, legal, and programmatic resources, please see the Additional Resources pages.