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Confidential Support

The following resources are available for individuals to discuss incidents and issues related to sexual misconduct on a confidential basis. Confidential resources can provide survivors with information about support services and their options.

Confidential resources will not disclose information about incidents of sexual misconduct to anyone, including law enforcement or the University, except in very limited situations, such as when failure to disclose the information would result in imminent danger to the individual or to others.

Because of the confidential nature of these resources, disclosing information to or seeking advice from a confidential counselor does not constitute a report or complaint to the University and will not result in a response or intervention by the University.

On-Campus Confidential Resources

´╗┐CARE: Center for Awareness, Response & Education

Central location for students, survivors, or friends of survivors to seek survivor-centered, trauma-informed support services and advocacy regarding sexual misconduct. Advocacy Services include (but are not limited to): help obtaining academic, housing, or other accommodations from the University; counseling referrals; information about sexual health concerns; information about reporting options; referrals for medical and/or legal advocacy. See the CARE website for more information.

633 Emerson Street, 3rd Floor, Evanston
(847) 491-2054
Email: care@northwestern.edu

CAPS: Counseling and Psychological Services

Provides counseling services to students, also provides a counselor on-call 24 hours a day. See the CAPS website for more information.

Evanston Campus

633 Emerson Street, 2nd Floor
(847) 491-2151 (24-hours: both Evanston and Chicago campuses)

Chicago Campus

Abbott Hall, 5th Floor
710 N. Lake Shore Drive
(847) 491-2151 (24-hours: both Evanston and Chicago campuses)

Religious & Spiritual Life

Provides spiritual counseling and advice for all members of the University community. See the Religious and Spiritual Life website for more information.

1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston
(847) 491-7256
(847) 864-7865 (after hours)
Email: chaplain@northwestern.edu

Faculty Wellness Program

Provides free consultations for faculty members to identify appropriate resources for personal and professional concerns. Resources may be offered over the phone, or faculty members can meet with the Faculty Wellness Program director for further discussion. See the Faculty Wellness Program website for more information.

Director
Richard A. Carroll, PhD
Phone: (312) 695-2323
rcarroll@nm.org

Off-Campus Confidential Resources

Hotlines

All hotlines provide 24 hour (7 days/week) crisis counseling and information regarding sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. Survivors and friends of survivors can call. (Chicago Metro Rape Crisis Hotline will refer domestic violence matters to specialized hotlines/resources).

Note- the hotlines can also provide information on local hospitals, such as what hospitals will have a victim advocate or SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) available or SANE information confirmed by emergency rooms or advocates at hospital.

  • Chicago Metro Rape Crisis Hotline (YWCA): (888) 293-2080
  • Chicago Domestic Violence Line: (877) 863-6338
  • Evanston Domestic Violence Line (YWCA): (877) 718-1868
  • RAINN: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network: (800) 656-HOPE or see their online hotline.

Employee Assistance Program

Provides confidential crisis intervention and short-term counseling for faculty and staff, as well as their household family members at no cost. See the Employee Assistance Program website for more information.

(855) 547-1851 (24 hours)

Center on Halsted (LGBTQ Services)

Services include: Counseling services; connecting individuals with professional help, law enforcement, agencies, services, and other providers. See the Center on Halsted website for more information.

3656 N. Halsted St, Chicago (center open 7 days a week 8:00 am - 9:00 pm)
LGBTQ Violence Resource Line: (773) 871-2273 (Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

Rape Victim Advocates

Services include: medical and legal advocacy, counseling services (individual and group). Services are free and for survivors or friends/partners of survivors. See the Rape Victims Advocates website for more information.

180 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 443-9603

YWCA - Evanston

Services include: Counseling and support for survivors of dating/domestic violence, legal advocacy and residential services (emergency shelter). See the YWCA - Evanston website for more information.

1215 Church St, Evanston
(847) 864-8445

Evanston Victim Services Program

Services include: crisis intervention for survivors of sexual violence and/or dating/domestic violence, medical and legal/court advocacy. See the Evanston Police website for more information.

Evanston Police Department
1454 Elmwood Avenue, Evanston

Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy

Services include (for survivors of DV and SV): legal services, legal advocacy (i.e. assistance with Orders of Protection, ect.) and counseling. See the Life Span site for more information.

70 E. Lake Street, Suite 700, Chicago,
(312) 408-1210
Email: life-span@life-span.org

Center for Contextual Change

Services for survivors of sexual and domestic/dating violence include individual and group counseling. See the Center for Contextual Change site for more information.

9239 Gross Point Road, Skokie
(847) 676-4447 x304 (for appointments or a confidential assessment)

Porchlight Counseling Services

Services include: free counseling for survivors of sexual and/or domestic/dating violence. See the Porchlight Counseling Services site for more information.

Confidential helpline and intake: (773) 750-7077

KAN-WIN

Services include: (multi-lingual) Free counseling, legal advocacy (assistance with protective orders/court accompaniment) and immigration protection for Asian-American or Asian immigrant survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence. See the KAN-WIN website for more information.
2434 E. Dempster Street, Suite 111
Des Plaines
(773) 583-1392
24-Hour Hotline: (773) 583-0880
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