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Support Services

Supportive services are available to UMass Dartmouth community members who have experienced sexual misconduct, regardless of whether they report the incident or file a formal Title IX complaint.  Supportive services are also available to the Respondent.  Below are on-campus and off-campus resources which may be available to respond and assist. 

On Campus Resources

For students

Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality (Confidential)
Campus Center, Suite 207

University Counseling Center (Confidential)
Auditorium Annex

Division of Student Affairs
Campus Center, Suite 221

Health Services (Confidential)
Health Services Modular Building

Housing and Residential Education
Oak Glen Hall, First Floor

Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (Confidential)
Campus Center, Suite 221

For employees

ComPsyche Guidance Resources
Employee Assistance Program (24/7) (enter Web ID: UMASS)

For all community members

University Police Department
Power Plant Building
Emergency: 508-999-9191
Business Line: 508-999-8107 

Off campus resources

The Women’s Center
Office: 508-996-3343
24-Hour Hotline: 508-999-6636 (99WOMEN)
405 County Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

All services are free and confidential

  • Professionally trained volunteers provide immediate crisis intervention to victims of domestic/relationship violence
  • Emergency shelter. A 90-day confidential shelter for women who have been battered (and their children).
  • A 5-day safe home program is also available. Safe homes are individual sites in private homes that offer short-term safety (up to 5 days) to women, children, and gay men who are fleeing domestic/relationship violence.
  • Court Advocacy Program. Accompaniment to court to file restraining orders (209A) and/or criminal charges.  Medical, legal, housing, and other social program advocacy information and referral services.

SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exam can be done to collect any evidence and is free of charge.  SANE/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner sites in the area: 

Luke’s Hospital
101 Page Street
New Bedford, MA 02740

Charlton Memorial Hospital
363 Highland Avenue
Fall River, MA 02720

During the SANE/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner exam, a rape crisis counselor from the New Bedford’s Women’s Center can be available to support you.

Jane Doe, Inc., The Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Jane Doe, Inc., The Massachuetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence brings together organizations and people committed to ending sexual assault and domestic violence.  Jane Doe, Inc., also operates SafeLink.

SafeLink: 877-785-2020
SafeLink is a 24-hour, multi-lingual hotline for programs in Massachusetts.  An advocate can talk with you about your needs and help you identify shelters, programs, and other resources.  They can connect you to services for both domestic/relationship violence and sexual assault.

Greater New Bedford Community Health Center
874 Purchase Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Main Phone: 508-992-6553
Dental Appointments Only: 508-984-7031
Women’s Health: 508-342-4400
TTY: 508-994-2478
Fax: 508-997-2498 (for medical information)
Fax: 508-992-2023 (for all other information)

Hours of operation:

Adult Medicine

Monday-Friday: 8am–5:30pm

Adult Urgent Care

Monday-Friday: 7am–7pm
Saturday: 8am–4:30pm
Sunday: 8am–2pm
24-hour/7-day on-call service.  After hours, call 508-992-6553

The Network/La Red
Office: 617-742-4911
24-hour Hotline: 1-800-832-1901

The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.

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