Resources for Survivors

Hotlines for Immediate Assistance
  • Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline (confidential): (800) 284-7821
  • RVAP Crisis Line (confidential):  (319) 335-6000
  • Domestic Violence Intervention Program (not confidential): (319) 351-1043
  • Iowa Domestic Abuse Hotline (not confidential): (800) 373-1043
  • University of Iowa Nite Ride (not confidential): (319) 384-1111
Rape Victims Advocacy Program (RVAP)

RVAP specializes with supporting survivors of sexual assault with services including forensic exams, STI and pregnancy prevention, counseling, support groups, and advising with regard to academics, talking to friends and family members, pursuing legal recourse, and assuring the survivor’s safety.  The staff members at RVAP are not mandatory reporters and not required to inform the police about disclosed sexual misconduct.

Phone: (319) 335-6000; (800) 228-1625
Offices: 332 S. Linn St., Suite 100, Iowa City, IA 52240

Women’s Resource & Action Center (WRAC)

WRAC offers support groups, counseling and other resources to survivors of sexual assault.  They are not mandatory reporters and not required to inform the police about disclosed sexual misconduct.

Phone: (319) 335-1486
Offices: 130 N. Madison St., Iowa City, IA 52245

University of Iowa Counseling Service

The University of Iowa’s Counseling Service provides consultations, individual and group therapy and psychotherapy, and referrals to other therapists in Iowa City.  They are not mandatory reporters with regard to disclosed sexual assault.

Phone: (319) 335-7294
Offices: 3223 Westlawn S., Iowa City, IA 52242

Office of the Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator (OSMRC)

At OSMRC students can report any sexual or dating violence, receive advice about university polities, procedures and resources, and seek accommodations for continued safety and academic success.  The staff at OSMRC are mandatory reporters, meaning they may be required to file an official report with campus or city authorities about any disclosed sexual misconduct.

Phone: (316) 335-6200
Offices: 450 Van Allen Hall, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242

Student Health & Wellness

Student Health & Wellness can provide medical consultation, STI testing and treatment, emergency contraception and exams for sexual assault victims.  The doctors and nurses are mandatory informers and may be required to share their knowledge of sexual misconduct with city or campus authorities.

Appointments: (319) 335-8394
Nurseline: (319) 335-9704

Office of the Ombudsperson​

This is a resource for any university community member with a problem or concern.  They provide informal services in conflict resolution, mediation, and advocacy for fair treatment or fair process.  They are a good resource for understanding campus policies with regard to a particular situation.  They are a confidential service and not required to disclose or report any shared information.

Phone: (319) 335-3608
Offices: C108 Seashore Hall, University of Iowa

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Tools for Future Research


The University Wire

This is a compilation of university news stories and press releases from over 600 university news organizations. This can provide useful insight into how different universities are talking about and dealing with sexual assault on their campuses. What is the national dialogue and how does it vary from place to place?

The link above is for the UWire archives, but you can see their latest articles and postings at


Teaching about Sexual Violence in Higher Education: Moving from Concern to Conscious Resistance

This article discusses the barriers to teaching sexual assault awareness in a way that makes students aware of the broader social issues.  It discusses strategies for fighting oppression in the classroom, and gives sample discussion questions and activities at the end of the paper.

Teaching about Sexual Assault: Problematic Silences and Solutions

This article discusses the ways in which common pedagogical practices silence student survivors during discussions of sexual assault.  This is harmful not only to the survivors, but also to their classmates who are allowed to continue viewing sexual assault as a distant reality.  This article then offers advice and strategies for breaking that silence and make sure that survivors feel safe and included in classroom discussion.

Professors’ Experiences With Student Disclosures of Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence: How “Helping” Students Can Inform Teaching Practices

This article shows the results of an in-depth survey taken of instructors who teach about sexual assault awareness or gender studies.  The survey revealed trends about which instructors were more likely to receive student disclosures about sexual violence and how the instructors reacted to those disclosures.  The article finally offers suggestions about how to respond to student disclosures.