Mission: The mission of the Project Safe Center is to provide information, support, referrals, and education about gender harassment, sexual harassment and assault, and intimate partner violence (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking), as well as consent, healthy relationships, and healthy sexuality to the Vanderbilt University community. Project Safe serves as a central resource for those impacted by power-based personal violence and can assist with navigating the University’s resource and support network (including the University Counseling Center, Student Health, the Equal Employment, Affirmative Action and Disability Services Department, and the Vanderbilt University Police Department) as well as external support and law enforcement resources.
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Vanderbilt University Sexual Misconduct Reports and Investigation Data
Vanderbilt University has recently signed on as a Founding Member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. Learn more in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine 2018 Report: Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
For additional information on related campus resources:
Office of Equal Opportunity and Access
Vanderbilt University Police Department
(615) 322-2745 (non-emergency)
(615) 421-1911 (emergency) or 911
Protection of Minors
Information regarding the Protection of Minors policy, registration of programs and individuals (faculty, staff, students, volunteers) working with minors, and education may be found by clicking here. You may contact the office directly at 615-936-5935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Related Vanderbilt Policies (Relationships in the Workplace, Return to Work, Workplace Violence, Electronic Communications, Dispute Resolution)
University Resources Chart
To File a Report
Vanderbilt Police Department
Emergency: (615) 421-1911
Non-emergency: (615) 322-2745
Reporting Child Abuse and Other Child Safety Concerns
In an emergency, please call 911. To reach the Vanderbilt Office of Risk and Insurance Management, Protection of Minors, please call 615-936-5935. Other resources for reporting include the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Hotline 877-237-0004 and the Vanderbilt University EthicsPoint Compliance Reporting Hotline 844-814-5935 or VU EthicsPoint online reporting form.
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:
Stalking Resource Center
The mission of the Stalking Resource Center is to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Available by phone at 1-800-799-7233. For those seeking self-guided resources for safety planning, click the link above to learn more. The Hotline has assisted over 4 million people since its creation in 1994. The NDVH website offers many resources and free online education on many aspects of domestic violence, and they work to empower those who have experienced abuse.
FORGE is a national transgender anti-violence organization, founded in 1994. Since 2009, we have been federally funded to provide direct services to transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault. Since 2011, FORGE has served as the only transgender-focused organization federally funded to provide training and technical assistance to providers around the country who work with transgender survivors of sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.
The National Center for Victims of Crime
The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues. After more than 25 years, we remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims’ rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives. The National Center is, at its core, an advocacy organization committed to — and working on behalf of — crime victims and their families. Rather than focus the entire organization’s work on one type of crime or victim, the National Center addresses all types of crime.
The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
Available by phone at 1-800-656-4673. Online chat support is also available at the link above. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and offers prevention education. Guides for what to do after an assault, how to support a friend or family member, and more are available on their website.
The Clery Center for Security On Campus
The Clery Center is the primary resource for learning more about the Clery Act and the rights it provides and the obligations it imposes.
The Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
Men Can Stop Rape
The mission of Men Can Stop Rape is to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. A variety of resources on healthy masculinity are available on their website.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence. NSVRC translates research and trends into best practices that help individuals, communities and service providers achieve real and lasting change. NSVRC also works with the media to promote informed reporting. Every April, NSVRC leads Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a campaign to educate and engage the public in addressing this widespread issue. NSVRC is also one of the three founding organizations of RALIANCE, a national, collaborative initiative dedicated to ending sexual violence in one generation.
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.