Talk to Someone

If you’ve experienced any form of sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence or stalking it helps to talk about it with someone who is trained to help you get the assistance you need and deserve.

It can be confusing to figure out your options and resources and to make decisions about next steps. Seeking help from a trained professional can help you weigh your options and select the ones that make the most sense for you.

Whether your experience was today, last week, or years ago, various GW resources can help you figure out a path forward.


Confidential Resources

Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence (SAIV) Helpline

Calling the SAIV Helpline at 202-994-7222 at any time of the day or night is one way to talk to someone and get help.  The line is answered by a team of clinically-trained professionals who are ready to respond to calls 24/7 365 days a year.

The SAIV Helpline clinicians can help anyone in the GW community who has been affected by sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating or domestic violence or stalking. They can provide crisis counseling, safety planning, and emotional support.  They are also well-informed about resources both on and off campus. 

Call 202-994-7222 Now

Office of Advocacy and Support

The Office of Advocacy and Support also provides trauma-informed and healing-centered confidential support to GW students impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence, and/or stalking. OAS advocates provide emotional and administrative support, psychoeducation on the impact of trauma and the cycle of violence, space to discuss and process feelings and reactions in confidence, and referrals and resources both on and off campus. You can contact OAS by calling 202-994-0443 or by emailing them at [email protected].


Talking to a mental health professional can be another helpful resource for coping with a sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence or stalking. If you are interested in counseling, you have several options.


Private Resources

Title IX Office

Title IX response coordinators are private resources that are available to you. During your initial meeting, you can learn about your reporting options as well as resources on and off campus, and other options for moving forward. It is important to note that you have the right to obtain reasonable support measures regardless of whether you choose to file a Formal Complaint and proceed with a formal or alternative resolution in your case. When you meet with the Title IX Office, you are not required to file a Formal Complaint or commit to any other course of action. You are also not under any obligation to share information with the Title IX Office that makes you feel uncomfortable.

You can schedule an in-person or virtual meeting with a Title IX staff member by phone (202-994-7434) or email ([email protected]).  You can also stop by our townhouse during our walk-in hours:

  • Mondays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 12 to 3 p.m.

The Title IX Office also hosts virtual office hours where you can learn how Title IX works, what happens when a report of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence or stalking is made to the Title IX Office, what the formal complaint process looks like, and what resources are available.  Come meet GW's Title IX staff as they introduce themselves, answer your questions, share information, and discuss resources during Title IX Office Hours.

Visit the Title IX Virtual Office Hours page for dates and registration.

Other Options for Support

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