Survivor Support and Resources

Being a Support to Survivors

As part of the RWU community, we must all do our part in being active bystanders to reduce violence and promote safety on-, and off-, campus. Effectively responding to these types of situations not only positively impacts a potential victim-survivor, but demonstrates RWU’s culture of respect and intolerance for violence. Also, it allows for a learning opportunity and moment of reflection for those involved in fostering a harmful environment. Examples may vary on how to be an active bystander but, the overall goal is to act when facing potentially harmful situations or behaviors. For more information, please review Green Dot’s “5 D’s” here.

In addition to being active bystanders, it is important to support survivors. Some things you can do are listening to and validating their experience(s), providing a list of local resources for further assistance, and/or asking them specifically what you can do to help. You also do not need to be an expert on the topic to be supportive. However, no matter what you do, make sure to do so without judgment or a victim blaming mentality.

Please also remember to take care of yourself. Supporting victim-survivors can be a difficult process for all involved so it is important to practice self-care. Be mindful of what you can, and cannot, handle and do not be afraid to be honest about your limitations. If you find yourself in this situation, on-, and off-campus, resources are here to assist you as well.

Off Campus Resources (Medical) 

Victims of sexual misconduct may request a specifically trained Sexual Misconduct Nurse Examiner (SANE) at each of the following hospitals:

  • Women & Infants | 101 Dudley Street, Providence RI 401-274-1100
  • Rhode Island Hospital | 593 Eddy Street, Providence RI 401-444-4000

Other Community Resources

  • Day One 401-421-4100
  • RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence 401-467-9940
  • Victims of Crime Hotline 800-494-8100
  • Women’s Center of RI 401-861-2760

Police Agencies

  • Emergency: 911
  • Bristol Police Department: 401-253-6900
  • Portsmouth Police Department: 401-683-0300
  • Providence Police Department: 401-272-3121
  • RI State Police Headquarters:401-444-1000

Protective Orders Family Court

  • Newport County | 45 Washington Square Newport, RI 401-841-8340
  • Providence/Bristol County | 1 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 401-458-3200

Protective Orders District Court

  • Newport County | 45 Washington Square Newport, RI 401-841-8350
  • Providence/Bristol County | 1 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 401-458-5400