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Supporting Survivors

Many online resources are available to help you learn more about how best to support a friend, family member, loved one, or colleague.  Please browse the information provided via the links below, or reach out to us Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM, at 615-875-0660.

Our 24-hour crisis support line is available to survivors, and sometimes survivors feel more empowered to call when with a friend or family member.  Our hotline number is 615-322-SAFE (7233).  When possible, we ask that non-urgent support and advice for friends and family please be requested during business hours, so that the hotline remains available for crisis response and survivor needs.  With any emergency, please call 911.

Resources for Parents and Friends:

Do’s and Don’ts in Supporting a Survivor 

Help Someone You Care About 

How to Respond to a Survivor

Self-Care for Friends and Family

College Sexual Assault Prevention: A Parent’s Guide

EverFi Understanding Sexual Assault FAQ

EverFi Supporting a Survivors Guide

Resources For Student Survivors:

Vanderbilt University Project Safe hotline:  (615) 322-SAFE (7233) (answered by professional, trained staff member of the VU Project Safe Center, available 24/7/365)

RAINN (RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, operates the National Sexual Assault hotline, a confidential hotline available via phone 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) and online chat)

Stalking Resource Center (stalking)

The Trevor Project (crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline/online chat for LGBTQ youth)

Trans Lifeline (transgender volunteers staff this 24-hour crisis support line for transgender people) US: (877) 565-8860

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (domestic violence)

Men Can Stop Rape (sexual violence, healthy masculinity)

National Dating Abuse Helpline (dating abuse)

Love Is Respect (dating violence, 24-hour hotline; text; online chat) Call (866) 331-9474, chat at or text “loveis” to 22522, any time, 24/7/365

DoD Safe Help Line  (Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Programs, the DoD Safe Helpline is a groundbreaking crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault.Phone 877-995-5247, text, or online chat available 24/7/365.)

Veterans Crisis Line (Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.)

Understanding Title IX, the Clery Act, and More:

Know Your IX 

Victim Rights Law Center 

Clery Center

Office of Civil Rights (OCR) 

Vanderbilt University Office of the University Title IX Coordinator (615) 343-9004 (V/TDD)

Vanderbilt University Annual Security Report

VUPD Clery Act FAQ

Vanderbilt University Student Handbook