Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Survivors Resources

If you were sexually harassed or assaulted, you can contact the Title IX Coordinators Bindi Patel or Jaclyn Helms who work directly with students who are facing issues related to sexual harassment. 

You may also reach out to Wellness (personal counseling) and speak with a Wellness Clinician if you do not want to make an official report or are unsure if you want to report or not. Wellness remains confidential and offers counseling and support. Visit the Guttman Wellness page for more information.

Students, if you are a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault or rape, there are many resources available to you. See below and/or be in touch with your SSA, Career Strategist, the Wellness Office or Public Safety Director Anastasia Koutsidis or Title IX Coordinators Bindi Patel or Jaclyn Helms.

Resources

NYC HOPE – 1-800-621-4673 (HOPE)
NYC HOPE can connect you to resources to help you or someone you know experiencing dating, domestic, or gender-based violence.

Family Justice Center

NYC Family Justice Centers can help you with:

  • Planning for your safety
  • Applying for public benefits, shelter, housing, and other support services and programs
  • Mental health and counseling services for you and your children to support emotional well-being
  • Referrals to job training and education programs, including educational workshops to help with budgeting, credit repair, resume writing, and interviewing skills
  • Legal help for orders of protection, custody, visitation, child support, divorce, housing, and immigration
  • Connecting to trained law enforcement, such as the NYPD, the NYC Sheriff’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office

In light of COVID-19, the Family Justice Center is offering assistance by phone, 9:00-5:00, Monday-Friday. Go here for Family Justice Center phone numbers in each borough and more information.

Safe Horizon – 24hr Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-621-4673; 24hr Sexual Assault Hotline 1-212-227-3000
You can also chat with a Safe Horizon advocate who can offer information, advocacy and support  online, through SafeChat, on Monday to Friday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. (except for holidays).

Sanctuary for Families
Provides survivors a range of direct services to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse.
Sanctuary for Families Safety Plan
A safety plan is a set of steps you can take to reduce the risk of harm in unsafe situations with an abuser or family member. With the changes in our environments due to coronavirus, we advise survivors of gender-based violence to consider the safety tips created by survivors.  Sanctuary for Families’ team of Survivor Leaders put this list together in hopes of providing digital tools for safety during this time.

NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault – (212) 514-SAFE (7233) or email survivorsupport@svfreenyc.org
Provides resources and confidential counseling for survivors

National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233
24/7 hotline. If you are unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.

New York State Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-942-6906
A resource for those who live in New York State, but outside of New York City.

Guttman’s Sexual Health Webpage
Look under the Sexual Assault drop down for additional information and key contacts at Guttman.

If You Have Been Raped:  Remember that hospital care is state mandated for survivors.  As of now, all the hospitals are doing rape kits and recommend calling ahead.  Here are a few more points about going to a hospital.

Rape kits (aka safe exams) need to be done within 72hrs (or sometimes within 96 hrs)

  • Done by nurse who has training
  • Victim has the right to an advocate to help throughout the entire process
  • Rape kits are free as is subsequent treatment
  • The ambulance ride, x-rays, and MRIs are not free
  • All hospitals in NYC are still taking clients who need safe exams, call ahead

Visit the Guttman Title IX webpage for more information.