Vanderbilt University Resources
24-Hour Crisis/Support Hotline: (615) 322-SAFE (7233)
Office: (615) 875-0660 (Walk-ins welcome Monday-Friday 8 AM to 5 PM; call the office line for non-urgent matters or to schedule an appointment)
Project Safe Center staff are available 24/7 to provide accompaniment to Vanderbilt University Medical Center Emergency Department for treatment post-assault and/or for a forensic examination.
VandySafe is a mobile safety application for iOS and Android smartphones. The app allows users to connect directly from their cell phones to the Vanderbilt University Police Department. With VandySafe, you can contact VUPD for emergency services with two easy taps, submit non-emergency reports to VUPD with text, photos, or videos, submit information to VUPD anonymously, assign contacts to monitor your safety at your request, access information about Vandy Vans, and view VUPD emergency guides. SafeVU is free, available to anyone, and available for iOS and Android.
University Counseling Center
The University Counseling Center (UCC) offers individual psychotherapy as well as an ongoing support group for victims of sexual assault. For more information, visit their website or call (615) 322-2571.
The UCC Acute Care Team (ACT) staff members are available to respond to students affected acutely by a traumatic event, such as sexual assault.
The immediate impact of events like these can be especially devastating if the survivor does not receive effective support to regain stability and safety. The ACT team at the UCC consists of clinicians who can assist students in providing a safe space and support with the personal impact of these events, some of which may include:
- Recurring nightmares and/or memories of the event
- Sleep difficulties
- Difficulty concentrating
- Increase in anxiety or depressed mood
- Relationship or academic difficulties
Please contact the UCC (322-2571) and ask to speak to or schedule an appointment with a member of the ACT team if you think you may benefit from this service or if you have recently experienced a traumatic event and would like support. The student may request to speak with either a male or a female member of the ACT team.
Urgent Psychological Crisis/Triage: Monday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM and Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM, you may come into the University Counseling Center and be seen by the clinician on triage, or you may call the University Counseling Center at (615) 322-2571 to speak with triage clinician. The University Counseling Center is located at 2015 Terrace Place (across Terrace Place from the Baker Building).
After 4:30 PM, if you are experiencing an urgent psychological crisis, you should go to the Vanderbilt Emergency Room or the nearest Emergency Room for acute assessment and support. If you decide not to go to the Emergency Room then you may call the UCC after 5PM (615) 322-2571 and, through an answering service, you will be connected to the clinician who is on call at that time.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program of Work/Life Connections-EAP is available to Vanderbilt staff including full-time, part-time and TempForce employees and their spouses.
With experienced, trained EAP counselors; staff at Vanderbilt report that WLC-EAP is a great place to start to resolve personal or workplace concerns. Employees seek services from WLC-EAP to deal with a variety of issues (stress, emotional health, relationships, family, financial, alcohol, drug, legal, and other personal concerns). WLC-EAP can also help an employee formulate a plan for expanding communication and personal interaction skills which may impact other workplace issues.
Call Work/Life Connections-EAP at 615-936-1327 for a confidential appointment.
Student Health Center
The Student Health healthcare providers are trained in the medical evaluation and treatment of all students who have sustained a sexual assault. Our providers are also a confidential source. Students should call 615-322-2254 and request a same-day appointment. Services provided include:
- STD testing and treatment
- Post-Exposure HIV treatment and assessment
- Emergency Contraception
- Referrals (as guided by the student’s desires) to other on-campus resources
Students exposed to HIV (or have had a high risk but unknown exposure such as sexual assault) should start medication as soon as possible after exposure. Students should contact Student Health for a same-day appointment or if after-hours (and without access to Student Health within 12 hours), students should contact the after-hours emergency line at 615-322-2427.
Vanderbilt Police Department 911 or (615) 421-1911
Vanderbilt Police Department- Walking Escort Service (615) 421-8888
Office of Housing and Residential Education
Office of the University Chaplain & Religious Life
Title IX Coordinator
These local resources are external to Vanderbilt:
The Sexual Assault Center of Nashville
Crisis & Support Line 1-800-879-1999
YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
YWCA Crisis and Information Line: (615) 242-1199 or toll free 1-800-334-4628.
Metro Office of Family Safety
The Office of Family Safety website provides information and resource contact information for a variety of medical, legal, educational, housing, and financial assistance resource information. OFS also provides this PDF Guide of community resources. The mission of Metropolitan Government of Nashville-Davidson County’s Office of Family Safety is to improve victim safety and offender accountability through the coordination of services provided to domestic violence and sexual assault victims by Metropolitan Government, its Family Justice Center and nonprofit partners.
For those seeking to obtain an Order of Protection, forms and helpful information may be found on the OFS website here. An Order of Protection is a legal document signed by a judge that prevents an abuser from contacting you or coming around you for any reason. It is a civil procedure which means that you don’t have to involve law enforcement if you do not want to. This also means that it will not go on an abuser’s record as long as they abide by the Order. Violating the Order can result in criminal charges against the abuser for behavior that wouldn’t normally be considered criminal, like calling you. If the judge grants your request for an Order of Protection, the Order can be in place for up to 1 year. You can request an extension of your Order at the end of that year if you still feel unsafe.
Family Safety Center
The Family Safety Center (FSC) is one of the largest Family Justice Centers in the country. The FSC increases the safety of victims of domestic and sexual violence, child and elder abuse, and human trafficking by creating a supportive environment for victims to receive free and confidential services from a variety of providers. Walk-ins are welcome. Services include safety planning, danger assessment, information and assistance in obtaining orders of protection, counseling, crisis intervention, shelter/housing assistance, emergency food assistance, children’s services, support groups, referrals to partner agencies, and address confidentiality assistance.
Domestic Violence Victim Intervention Program (VIP)
Provided through the Metro OFS’s Family Safety Center and staffed by mental health professionals, VIP is available to victims, their families, and other individuals in crisis who come in contact with the police department. Anyone victimized by a crime who wants counseling or court advocacy is eligible for services. A victim’s decision about prosecution does not affect eligibility. Services include crisis intervention, group crisis incident debriefing, counseling, advocacy, resource information and referral, and more.
These national resources are external to Vanderbilt:
The National Sexual Assault Legal Assistance Hotline
Available by phone at 567-SHATTER (567-782-8837) or complete the online form. The Take Back The Night Foundation legal support team provides free support so those impacted by sexual harassment, sexual assault, or other sexual violence can explore their legal options. To learn more, they offer an FAQ.
To File a Report at Vanderbilt
Equal Employment Opportunity
Vanderbilt Police Department
Emergency: (615) 421-1911
Non-emergency: (615) 322-2745