Sexual Assault Forensic Examination programs (SAFE)
Completing a SAFE does not require you to file a police report or report to the institution, although we encourage these reports if you are comfortable doing so. If needed, transportation can be arranged through UMBC Police (available 24/7 at 410-455-5555; no charges need to be filed with the UMBC Police to access this service), the Residential Life office, University Health Services, or the Women’s Center. TurnAround, a local agency that provides support, counseling, and information to victims of sexual assault, can also assist individuals in preparing for a SAFE exam if they call the 24-hour Helpline (443-279-0379).
Click here for more information about what a SAFE exam includes.
The nearest hospital to UMBC’s campus to obtain a SAFE:
**Saint Agnes does not have a standing SAFE program, so, while closest to UMBC, the process may be longer as the hospital will have to bring a SAFE Nurse in from another hospital in the area. Saint Agnes may also ask survivors to go to another hospital if no SAFE Nurse is available to travel to Saint Agnes.
The nearest hospital(s) to UMBC’s campus with SAFE Programs to obtain a SAFE:
The nearest hospital to Universities at Shady Grove campus to obtain a SAFE:
Helplines and Other Support
Helpline: 443-279-0379 (24/7, local agency)
Provides support, counseling, and information to victims of sexual assault, incest, child sexual assault, and domestic violence, regardless of sex or age. Individual and group counseling are available by appointment. UMBC is working to enhance our existing partnership with TurnAround to ensure that our students have access to a 24-hr confidential resource. Beginning November 6, 2019, and continuing the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.(during the fall 2019 academic term with plans to continue in the spring 2020 semester), TurnAround staff will be available to meet confidentially with UMBC community members in UMBC’s Women’s Center, no appointment necessary.
Free, confidential, and multi-lingual information and referral for a variety of issues including utility assistance, food, housing and shelter, transportation, employment, health care, and family resources, as well as domestic violence, sexual violence/misconduct, and suicide ideation.
Baltimore County Domestic Violence Referral Program
24-hour Hotline: 410-828-6390
Family & Children’s Services (Baltimore County)
HopeWorks of Howard County (formerly known as the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County)
24-hour Helpline: Domestic Violence – 410-997-2272 / 800-752-0191
24-hour Helpline: Sexual Assault – 410-997-3292
HopeWorks is a non-profit agency providing services to women, men, and children impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence in Howard County. They offer a 24-hour helpline, residential services, counseling, advocacy, and legal assistance. Services are confidential and fees are based on income.
House of Ruth (domestic violence services)
Hotline: 410-889-RUTH (7884) (24/7, local agency)
Offers domestic violence services for women and children, including shelter, transitional housing, counseling, employment information, and legal services. 24-hour hotline provides confidential counseling, entry to shelter, referrals to counseling programs. Group support and individual counseling available for residents and nonresident women. Legal services available for shelter and non-shelter victims in civil and criminal cases, including Orders of Protection, child custody, financial support. Services are provided to any battered women or children. Batterer’s counseling program available.
LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care
410-837-2050 ext. 8810
In addition to providing many different resources for the LGBTQ community, the LGBT Health Center offers a group for survivors of intimate partner violence focused on building effective pathways to healing, regaining strength, and connecting with other survivors in a safe and supportive environment. Initial assessments are required prior to the start of group.
Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA)
MCASA’s mission is to help prevent sexual assault, advocate for accessible, compassionate care for survivors of sexual violence, and work to hold offenders accountable. MCASA is the federally-recognized state sexual assault coalition. Its core members are the state’s 17 rape crisis centers, but MCASA also represents the voices of many other professionals and service providers working with sexual assault survivors, providing policy advocacy, technical assistance, training, outreach, and prevention. MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) provides direct legal services for victims and survivors of sexual violence.
National Hotlines and Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This is a free 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Crisis Helpline (for victims of nonconsensual pornography)
For victims of nonconsensual pornography (“NCP”, also known as “revenge porn”), recorded sexual assault (RSA), or sextortion. Compassionate and cross-trained representatives can provide information, support, referrals, and non-legal advice. The toll-free CCRI Crisis Helpline is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and interpretation is available in most languages.
Emergency Contraception (to prevent pregnancy within 72 hours of unprotected sex)
Emergency contraception can be obtained through Planned Parenthood (1-877-99-GO-4-EC). This hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their staff can refer you to the closest Planned Parenthood location, and they can provide you with general information about emergency contraception. In addition, you can speak to a trained staff clinician about getting emergency contraception through an over-the-phone prescription that is picked up at a nearby pharmacy or at a Planned Parenthood clinic near you. (This service includes a consultation fee.)
FORGE (national transgender anti-violence organization)
Self Help Guide for Trans Survivors of Violence
FORGE is a progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies). FORGE is dedicated to helping move fragmented communities beyond identity politics and forge a movement that embraces and empowers our diverse complexities.
GLBT National Help Center
Peer Chat Online Hotline
Provides free and confidential support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people, and those with questions about sexual orientation and/or gender identity through two national, toll-free hotlines and an Online Peer-Support Chat program, which allows private, one-on-one instant messaging (IM) with a trained peer-counselor, directly on the website. Provides factual information about GLBT issues, safer-sex info, local resources for cities and towns across the country, and peer-counseling for people going through a difficult time. All volunteer peer counselors are either gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.
Grassroots Emergency Assistance Hotline
Individuals may call for a variety of reasons including suicide, family and relationship problems, shelter needs, violent or threatening domestic situations, loneliness or depression, and chemical dependency issues, among others. Callers may remain anonymous.
For more than 20 years, MaleSurvivor has fostered a healing community where thousands of men from more than 190 countries come together to find support, information and — most importantly — hope. MaleSurvivor is dedicated to providing personalized support for men at every stage of the healing process.
National Legal Help for Sexual Assault Survivors
A national legal hotline for ALL victims of sexual harassment, assault, and rape to learn about their legal options. Take Back The Night Foundation has partnered with a victim advocacy law firm to provide 24-7 staffing of the hotline. The intake call staff has trauma-informed training to best support victims when they call. Many of the attorneys supporting this effort are survivors themselves adding to their personal passion to make this resource nationally available at no cost to survivors.
Online Harassment Support Resources
Resource guide for anyone who fears they might be targeted, or who is already under attack, for speaking their minds online. It is especially designed for women, people of color, trans, and genderqueer people, and everyone else whose existing oppressions are made worse by digital violence. It details best security practices for social media, email, online gaming, website platforms, and ensuring the privacy of personal information online, as well as the documentation and reporting of harassment, and caring for yourself emotionally during an online attack.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network)
Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) (24/7, free and confidential)
For those that prefer online support, RAINN also provides the first 24/7 online hotline.
In addition to its phone and online hotlines, RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
Take Back the Night Foundation
The Take Back the Night Foundation is working to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives and to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse, and all forms of sexual violence.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.