Getting Help

After a sexual assault or incident of dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual exploitation and/or retaliation, there are many options. Understanding and choosing between these options can feel confusing and overwhelming. You are not alone.

Information, support and resources are available on and off campus to help students. The university provides a non-exhaustive list of organizations and departments by campus that offer or arrange for immediate support and response, including arrangements for emergency services, if needed; transportation to medical resources; contact with local authorities; information regarding criminal and civil proceedings and/or the university’s Student Conduct Review Process or Human Resources procedures, as appropriate; advocacy services; referrals/advice about university and community counseling services; and assistance with personal safety concerns.

Many of these resources are available to respondents as well. Community members are encouraged to seek assistance and locate resources that are right for them.

Please see the appropriate section for resources at each JWU campus.

Community Help

Medical

Please note that victims of sexual assault may request a specifically trained sexual assault nurse examiner at each of the following hospitals:

Women & Infants
101 Dudley St., Providence, RI 401-274-1100
Rhode Island Hospital
539 Eddy St., Providence, RI 401-444-4000
Kent Hospital
455 Tollgate Road, Warwick, RI 401-737-7000
Roger Williams Medical Center
825 Chalkstone Ave., Providence, RI 401-456-2000

You may reach these medical providers by bus or ride-share services. The university does not pay for transportation.

Police

Emergency 911
Providence Police Department* 401-272-3121
Cranston Police Department (non-emergency line) 401-942-2211
Rehoboth Police Department (non-emergency line) 508-252-3722

*These police departments have civilian Law Enforcement Advocates (LEA) available to assist those reporting sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, or stalking

Community

Women’s Resource Center — RI Victims of Crime Helpline

  • 1-800-494-8100 (24-hour)

Day One provides services to help and inform victims of sexual violence, including assistance when moving through the prosecution process, if desired, and counseling services for sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking.

  • 401-421-4100 (Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm)

Mass. Safelink

  • 1-877-785-2020 (24-hour)

Dating and domestic violence services (including criminal justice and protective order advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing, safety plans, counseling, education and/or policy) are available at the following member agencies of the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

Violence Recovery Program (VRP) at Fenway Health (Boston, Massachuetts) provides counseling, support groups, advocacy and referral services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking.

  • 617-927-6250 (Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm)

Information regarding how to obtain a temporary restraining order in the State of Rhode Island may be found online and by visiting or calling the Restraining Order Office for Providence County, Garrahy Judicial Complex, 1 Dorrance St., second floor, Providence, RI, 401-458-3372. After business hours, on weekends or during holidays emergency restraining orders can be obtained at your local police department.

National Sexual Assault Hotline

  • 1−800−656-HOPE (4673) (24-hour)

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) (24-hour)

The National Stalking Resource Center provides online tools and information for victims of stalking, and links to local resources nationwide

Text “loveis” to 77054 to text with an advocate via loveisrespect for support and information regarding dating violence. You can also visit rainn.org for more information. 

Confidential On-campus Help

Upon receipt of a report of sexual misconduct, confidential resources will not report information shared with them to the police, Campus Safety & Security or college officials without your permission, except for extreme emergency circumstances. 
*For students to obtain confidential on-campus services

Counseling Services
Wales Hall, second floor
401-598-1016
Monday–Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm

Appointments are available on both campuses. In case of emergency, the on-call counselor is available after hours by calling 1-888-222-4805 or through Campus Safety & Security at 401-598-1103.

Health Services
Downcity Campus
Wales Hall, third floor
401-598-1104
Harborside Campus
Harborside Academic Center
401-598-1151
Korina Ramsland Short, director, Gender Equity Center
Bridge Center, 401-598-2248
Michael Waugh, director, Bridge Center,
Bridge Center, 401-598-1784

*University confidential resources may provide non-identifying information to be counted for the Annual Security Report.

Other Non-confidential On-campus Help

JWU employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will nevertheless maintain your privacy. Any information you provide to a non-confidential resource will be kept private and used only as necessary to investigate and address a concern and/or to notify the Title IX Coordinator, who is responsible for tracking patterns of sexual misconduct and detecting systemic issues.

Campus Safety & Security
264 Weybosset St., Providence, RI
401-598-1103 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Anonymous Report to Campus Safety & Security through Silent Witness (online only)

Title IX Coordinator/Nondiscrimination Coordinator 
Matthias Rubekeil
8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, Rhode Island, 02903
401-598-2703

Nondiscrimination Campus Liaisons
Please visit JWU's Equity & Compliance Services webpage for a list of nondiscrimination campus liaisons (www.jwu.edu/compliance > Liaisons by Campus)

Residential Life
(24 hours a day in each residence hall)
Resident assistants, residence director, central office staff, community assistants, community director

Dean of Students
The Friedman Center, second floor
401-598-2848

Community Standards and Conduct
The Friedman Center, second floor
401-598-2885

Human Resources
Wales Hall
8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, RI
401-598-1034

Reports may also be made confidentially and anonymously by filling out an online confidential report via the Equity & Compliance Services webpage; or by calling the JWU Reporting Hotline and leaving a message by dialing 1-833-JWU-LINE (1-833-598-5463).

Any student or employee who reports to the university pursuant to one of the above reporting options that they have been a victim of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, whether the offense occurred on or off campus, shall be provided with a written explanation of their rights and options under this policy and other relevant university procedures.

See also additional information:

Community Help

Medical

Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to request a specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) at the emergency department.

Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) Main
1000 Blythe Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203 704-355-2000
Novant Medical Center
200 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 704-384-5160

Police

Emergency 911
Charlotte-Mecklenberg non-emergency crime reporting 704-336-7600

Community

Safe Alliance provides victims of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking with information, advocacy, counseling, shelter, referral and support services.

  • 704-375-9900 (24-hour rape crisis line)
  • 704-332-2513 (24-hour dating/domestic violence line)

North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV)

  • 1-888-232-9124

Information regarding protective orders can be obtained at the Victim Assistance Office, 720 E. 4th St., Room 204, Charlotte, NC, at 704-336-4126, Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm.

National Sexual Assault Hotline

  • 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) (24-hour)

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) (24-hour)

The National Stalking Resource Center provides online tools and information for victims of stalking, and links to local resources nationwide.

Text "loveis" to 77054 to text with an advocate via loveisrespect for support and information regarding dating violence. You can also visit rainn.org for more information. 

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council (DVAC) is a group of professionals and volunteers dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in the community. dvac.charlotte@gmail.com

Confidential On-campus Help

Upon receipt of a report of sexual misconduct, confidential resources will not report information shared with them to the police, Campus Safety & Security or college officials without your permission, except for extreme emergency circumstances.
*For students to obtain confidential on-campus services

Counseling Services
Cedar Hall South, Suite 102
980-598-1710
By appointment: 8:30am-4:30pm

In case of emergency, the on-call counselor is available after-hours through Campus Safety & Security at 980-598-1900.

Health Services
Academic Center, second floor
980-598-1700

Korina Ramsland Short, Director, Gender Equity Center
Bridge Center, Providence Campus, 401-598-2248
Michael Waugh, Director, Bridge Center,
Bridge Center, Providence Campus, 401-598-1784

*University confidential resources may provide non-identifying information to be counted for the Annual Security Report.

Other Non-confidential On-campus and University Help

JWU employees who cannot guarantee confidentiality will nevertheless maintain your privacy. Any information you provide to a non-confidential resource will be kept private and used only as necessary to investigate and address a concern and/or notify the Title IX Coordinator, who is responsible for tracking patterns of sexual misconduct and for detecting systemic issues.

Campus Safety & Security
Cedar Hall South, Suite 113
980-598-1900 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Anonymous Report to Campus Safety & Security through Silent Witness (online only)

Title IX Coordinator / Nondiscrimination Coordinator
Matthias Rubekeil

8 Abbott Park Place, Providence, Rhode Island, 401-598-2703

Nondiscrimination Campus Liaisons
Please refer to JWU's Equity & Compliance Services webpage for a list of nondiscrimination campus liaisons (www.jwu.edu /compliance > Click Liaisons by Campus)

Residential Life
(24 hours a day in each residence hall)
Resident Assistants, Area Coordinators, Director of Residential Life

Dean of Students
Cedar Hall South, Suite 100
980-598-1830

Community Standards and Conduct
Cedar Hall South, Main Office
980-598-1820

Human Resources
Gateway Center, Suite 412
980-598-1006

Reports may also be made confidentially and anonymously by filling out an online confidential report via the Equity & Compliance Services webpage; or by calling the JWU Reporting Hotline and leaving a message by dialing 1-833-JWU-LINE (1-833-598-5463).

Any student or employee who reports to the university pursuant to one of the above reporting options that they have been a victim of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, whether the offense occurred on or off campus, shall be provided with a written explanation of their rights and options under this policy and other relevant university procedures.

See also additional information: