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Medical

The University strongly encourages survivors of any form of violence to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if they feel no injury was sustained. Medical providers can treat visible physical injuries, identify injuries that may not be visible, and, where appropriate, also test for and treat sexually transmitted infections, test for pregnancy, and provide emergency contraception (if requested).  In addition, a hospital can test for the presence of alcohol or drugs (e.g. “date rape” drugs) and perform a rape evidence collection procedure, which can help maintain legal options.

Medical services on or near campus:

NorthShore University Health System/ Evanston Hospital

Emergency Department is open 24 hours. Evidence collection kit available; Evanston Police Victim Services advocate can be present to provide support services, if desired.

  • Location: 2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston
  • Phone: (847) 570-2111 (Emergency Room)

For more information or to request an appointment online see the NorthShore University Health System/Evanston Hospital website.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Emergency Department is open 24 hours. Evidence collection kit available; Advocate from Rape Victim Advocates will be present to provide support services, if desired.

  • Location: 251 E Huron, Chicago
  • Phone: (312) 926-5188 (Emergency Room)

For more information, see the Northwestern Memorial Hospital website.

Presence St. Francis Hospital

Emergency Department is open 24 hours. Evidence collection kit available; Evanston Police victim services advocate can be present to provide support services, if desired. Emergency contraception is provided in cases of sexual assault.

  • Location: 355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston
  • Phone: (847) 316-4000

For more information, see the Presence St. Francis Hospital website.

Northwestern University Health Service

If you choose not to go to the Emergency Room, you should still consider seeing a private doctor or a clinician at Northwestern University Health Service (NUHS). Note: NU Health Services do not provide evidence collection kits.

  • Evanston Campus: 633 Emerson Street, Evanston
  • Phone: (847) 491-8100 (RN Call Service Available)

For regular hours of operation and 24-hour emergency contact info see the NUHS Evanston campus website.

  • Chicago Campus: 675 North St. Clair Suite 18-200, Chicago
  • Phone: (312) 695-8134 (please confirm current NU student status)

For regular hours of operation and 24-hour emergency contact info see the NUHS Chicago campus website.

Medical Care Support

Safety

In thinking about current and long-term safety, you may want to consider developing a safety plan which could include ways to remain safe and possible ways to reduce risk of future harm. Information about safety planning can be found on the National Domestic Violence Hotline website.

For assistance with safety planning, you can contact CARE or Northwestern University Police Department.

Individual Rights

Area police departments:

Northwestern University Police Department

  • Evanston Campus: 1201 Davis Street, Evanston. Phone: (847) 491-3456 (24 hours)
  • Chicago Campus: 211 East Superior Street, Chicago. Phone: (312) 503-3456 (24 hours)

See the Northwestern University Police website for more information.

Evanston Police Department

  • Evanston Campus: 1454 Elmwood Avenue, Evanston
  • Phone: 911 or (847) 866-5000 (24 hours)

See the Evanston Police Department website for more information.

Chicago Police Department – 18th District (covers Chicago campus)

  • Chicago Campus: 1160 North Larrabee Ave., Chicago
  • Phone: 911 or (312) 744-4000 (24 hours)

See the Chicago Police Department - 18th District for more information.

Support

If you need emotional support or guidance, you may choose to speak with one of the confidential resources. Confidential resources can provide survivors with information about support services and their options. Because of the confidential nature of these resources, disclosing information to or seeking advice from a confidential resource does not constitute a report or complaint to the University.

Report

Members of the University community who believe they have experienced sexual misconduct have the right to choose whether or not to report the incident to law enforcement and/or pursue a sexual misconduct complaint with the University. Information on reporting options can be found in the File a Complaint section.

Additional information about what happens after a report is made can be found in the University Policy section.

Regardless of whether an individual decides to make a report, Northwestern strongly encourages individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct to preserve evidence to the greatest extent possible, as this will maintain all options for them in the future. More information can be found on our Preserving Evidence page.

Other Help

Interim protective measures and accommodations are reasonable measures the University can put in place to provide immediate support and added protection to an individual who has experienced sexual misconduct. Such measures include, but are not limited to:

Interim protective measures and accommodations can be made available regardless of whether an individual chooses to report an incident to the University or law enforcement, and come with no cost to the individual. The University will keep confidential any accommodations or protective measures provided, to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of the institution to provide the protective measures or accommodations.

Students seeking interim protective measures or accommodations should contact CARE or Amanda DaSilva, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for sexual misconduct complaints against students: amanda.dasilva@northwestern.edu or 847-467-6571.

Staff or faculty members seeking protective measures or accommodations should contact Dwight Hamilton, Title IX Coordinator: dwight.hamilton@northwestern.edu or 847-467-6871.

More information can be found in our resource guide containing information on both the options and help available to those experiencing sexual misconduct at Northwestern.

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