OEOD

Resources for Sexual Violence

Section 1

UCI, Community, and National Resources

Below are a number of local and national resources available should you need immediate assistance related to sexual violence or other sexual misconduct. These resources are available even when the campus is closed or on an administrative holiday. We encourage you to also report incidents through OEOD’s reporting page.

Please note that UCI employees and students have the right to Title IX related accommodations and support services, regardless of whether they file a formal complaint or participate in a formal process. Meeting with OEOD to learn more about resources does not mean a formal investigation will be initiated.

Confidential UCI Resources

Students

CARE provides free and confidential support services to all members of the UCI and UCI health community (students, staff, faculty and affiliates) affected by sexual assault, relationship abuse, family violence and/or stalking. Advocacy services may include answering questions, providing information about rights and options, supportive measures that promote safety and wellbeing (for example: academic, employment or housing changes), virtual accompaniment to interviews and appointments, safety planning, financial support, and referrals to other services and resources. CARE staff are able to provide updated information about changes to court schedules, forensic exams and community resources. Video and phone appointments may be made by calling the CARE office at (949) 824-7273 or by email at care@uci.edu.

Counseling Center offers free and confidential short-term and crisis counseling by licensed mental health providers to all students on an urgent basis, or by appointment. To schedule routine appointments, or for urgent care or any other inquiry during business hours, leave a message by calling (949) 824-6457. For life threatening emergencies, please call 911, call UCI Campus Police at (949) 824-5223, or go to your nearest emergency room. For urgent concerns after hours call (949) 824-6457 and select option 2 to speak with a counselor by phone.

The Office of the Ombudsman provides a safe and comfortable environment to discuss complaints, concerns or problems confidentially. The Ombudsman acts as an independent and impartial resource. The Office of the Ombudsman does not serve as an office of notice or record for the university. The Office does not conduct formal investigations nor does it maintain or keep records. If the ombudsman deems it proper, they will refer visitors to the office most appropriate to his/her concern or complaint. The Office of the Ombudsman serves all students, faculty, staff and administrators of the UCI community – both on the main campus and at the UCI Medical Center. The Office of the Ombudsman is available Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. Phone: (949) 824-7256.

Employees

CARE provides free and confidential support services to all members of the UCI and UCI health community (students, staff, faculty and affiliates) affected by sexual assault, relationship abuse, family violence and/or stalking. Advocacy services may include answering questions, providing information about rights and options, supportive measures that promote safety and wellbeing (for example: academic, employment or housing changes), virtual accompaniment to interviews and appointments, safety planning, financial support, and referrals to other services and resources. CARE staff are able to provide updated information about changes to court schedules, forensic exams and community resources. Video and phone appointments may be made by calling the CARE office at (949) 824-7273 or by email at care@uci.edu.

UCI Faculty/Staff Support Services provides employees with free/confidential virtual individual or group consultation via Zoom and support to resolve behavioral health issues, serves as a primary crisis intervention resource to facilitate and coordinate appropriate resources, provides time-limited case management for individual employees, and develops and implements instructional training and materials to assist in the promotion of mental well-being for all faculty and staff. They offer support for a wide range of issues (including: work related stress, relationship/couples issues, family problems, depression, anxiety, or other emotional problems, grief and loss, alcohol, drug and other addictions), consultations and training services for faculty and staff management. You can reach Dr. Negar Shekarabi at 949-824-5208 or nshekara@uci.edu

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, confidential benefit that can help address personal or work-related issues faced by UCI faculty, staff, retirees and dependents at both the UCI Campus and UC Irvine Health. This service, staffed by experienced clinicians, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Guidance Resources are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for crisis and non-crisis circumstances. Guidance Resources can assist with: marital conflict, interpersonal difficulties, conflict at work, depression or anxiety, stress management, family relationships, financial legal or consumer concerns, referrals to community resources, alcohol or drug abuse, loss, and personal decision making. Phone: (844) 824-3273. View the full EAP Coronavirus Toolkit.

The Office of the Ombudsman provides a safe and comfortable environment to discuss complaints, concerns or problems confidentially. The Ombudsman acts as an independent and impartial resource. The Office of the Ombudsman does not serve as an office of notice or record for the university. The Office does not conduct formal investigations nor does it maintain or keep records. If the ombudsman deems it proper, they will refer visitors to the office most appropriate to his/her concern or complaint. The Office of the Ombudsman serves all students, faculty, staff and administrators of the UCI community – both on the main campus and at the UCI Medical Center. The Office of the Ombudsman is available Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. Phone: (949) 824-7256.

Non-Confidential UCI Resources

Students

Campus Social Worker is responsible for providing private support for individual students during a medical, physical, familial and/or emotional crisis. The Campus Social Worker can help develop an action plan to coordinate and monitor the delivery of services to help students meet their goals. The Campus Social Worker can mobilize necessary campus and community resources to maximize the person’s physical, social, and/or emotional well-being. The Campus Social Worker also helps students navigate their relationships and responsibilities with UCI academic and administrative departments. Meetings are by appointment only. Phone: (949) 824-1418.

For students to visit the campus social worker, they need a referral from a staff or faculty member. To make an appointment to speak to the campus social worker, please let an investigator know and OEOD can make you a referral.

The Student Health Center can provide on campus medical attention to students. It is important to note that any health center or physician treating the victim of a violent crime is obligated by law to report the crime to the police. The student health center also operates a dental clinic. Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. Phone: (949) 824-5301.

FRESH Basic Needs Hub provides services, resources and support to help students thrive on campus. The pantry at the Hub provides emergency food and toiletries to students. Students can access the pantry using their UCI student net ID. All information is kept confidential. The Smart ‘Eaters Life Skills Series gives students the education and skills they need to eat healthy on a budget and to learn how to cook affordable, nutrient-dense food for themselves. Phone: (949) 824-0607.

Disability Services Center (DSC) provides services to students with documented permanent and temporary disabilities. Services include reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, and individualized support services based on your disability documentation, functional limitations, and a collaborative assessment of needs.  Phone: (949) 824-7494. http://disability.uci.edu/

If you are participating in a process, or program with a campus office or center (CARE, OEOD, UCIPD, OAISC, RSC, CSW, LGBTRC, Veteran’s Center etc.), and have disability-related needs and wish to request reasonable accommodations to ensure your full participation in a program, activity, or process, please let the office staff know that you have accommodations on file with DSC. DSC is able to engage in an interactive process with you and work with the office staff to figure out how your academic accommodations may apply to another program, activity, or process on campus or at the medical center.  For new accommodation requests, please let the office staff know and they will connect you to DSC. The university will consider all requests for reasonable accommodations and engage in the interactive process to ensure meaningful participation for all.

UC Irvine Police provides a timely response for students, staff, faculty, and members of the community experiencing crimes, including hate crimes and sexual violence. For sex crimes, the police can arrange for medical evidentiary examinations in order to provide admissible evidence when the person reporting the sex offense desires prosecution through the criminal justice system. The UC Irvine Police Department encourages the University community, including students, to immediately contact them by dialing 911 or (949) 824-5223 to report crimes. UCIPD investigations into hate incidents and sex offenses can be coordinated with an OEOD investigation. Please note that UCIPD can assist in referrals to other police departments in Orange County and can take courtesy reports for other police stations. The UC Irvine Police Department is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week Address: 410 E. Peltason Dr. Irvine, CA 92697 Phone: (949) 824-5223 or 911. http://www.police.uci.edu/

The Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct (OAISC) is responsible for UCI’s campus-wide academic integrity and non-academic student conduct process and manages the adjudication of discrimination, sexual harassment, and sex offense student respondent cases. OAISC also manages the formal hearing and appeals process for sex offense cases. OAISC is available Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Address: 800 W. Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA 92617 Phone: (949) 824-1479.

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC) provides support, education, and advocacy from an intersectional perspective regarding sexual orientation/attraction and gender identity for the UC Irvine Campus Community including all lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transgender, queer, asexual, ally, and questioning students, faculty, staff, and the larger campus community. LGBTRC offers a safe space for all identities, educational, social justice and social programs. LGBTRC houses the David Bohnett Cyber Center computer lab and an extensive library and resource wall. The center hosts workshops, trainings, leadership and ally development, and provides information on SB179 and help with changing one’s name in California and at UCI, and a list of on-campus gender inclusive bathrooms. Address: G301 Student Center Irvine, CA 92697. Phone: (949) 824-3277. 

Student Respondents

Respondent Services Coordinator (RSC) is the designated individual on campus who can help student, staff, and faculty respondents understand their rights if they have been accused of sexual harassment or sexual violence, including sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking. The Respondent Services Coordinator can explain and help navigate the investigation and adjudication processes, including accompanying respondents to meetings with the investigator, formal hearings, assist with securing interpreter/translation services, make referrals to campus and community resources, such as for psychological counseling, legal services (including help understanding and complying with protection orders), alternate housing, academic changes and other needs. Meetings are by appointment only. Phone: (949) 824-5208. http://www.chs.uci.edu/rs/

Employees

Complainant Support Services is a private service that provides support for all faculty and staff who have or may desire to bring froth complaints of alleged conduct that violates the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment. Complainant Support Services assists faculty and staff in navigating the personal and professional impacts of experiencing alleged misconduct, as well as help them understand their rights and the reporting process. Meetings are by appointment only. Phone: (949) 824-5208.

Human Resources (HR) can assist employees with understanding their benefits, provide information on leave including FMLA, disability, and catastrophic leave, connect employees to EAP, provide parenting support, wellness programs, and other resources, and assist with work-place related concerns and conflicts. HR also helps with adjudicating discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence cases with staff respondents. Campus HR Phone: (949) 824-5210 hrquestions@uci.edu. Medical Center HR Phone: (714) 880-7812. Health Sciences HR Phone: (949) 824-7300 hshr@uci.edu.

Academic Personnel (AP) provides resources and information on policies and procedures, compensation, leaves, and benefits, career development, workplace accommodations, University Hills housing, complaint resolution, and equity initiatives for senate and non-senate faculty, non-faculty researchers, lecturers, librarians, project scientists, post-doc scholars, and teaching assistants. AP adjudicates discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence cases with respondents in the above positions. Phone: (949) 824-7175 acadpers@uci.edu

Disability Management Services (DMS) serves employees through programs in compliance with federal law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) as well as UC policies and collective bargaining agreements. Disability Management Services can assist departments with the interactive process for providing reasonable accommodations to employees, assist employees with return to work options and disability benefits, and provide guidance on leave policies. For assistance with disability accommodation requests or the return-to-work process, contact the Disability Management Consultant for campus employees: Phone (949) 824-9756 or Disability Management Consultant for medical center employees: Phone: (714) 456-8667.  http://accessibility.uci.edu/accommodations/disabilitymanagement.php

If you are participating in a process, or program with a campus office or center (CARE, OEOD, UCIPD, RSC, HR etc.), and have disability-related needs and wish to request reasonable accommodations to ensure your full participation in a program, activity, or process, please let the office staff know that you have accommodations so that the office may find out how your workplace accommodations may apply to their program, activity, or process.

UC Irvine Police provides a timely response for students, staff, faculty, and members of the community experiencing crimes, including hate crimes and sexual violence. For sex crimes, the police can arrange for medical evidentiary examinations in order to provide admissible evidence when the person reporting the sex offense desires prosecution through the criminal justice system. The UC Irvine Police Department encourages the University community, including students, to immediately contact them by dialing 911 or (949) 824-5223 to report crimes. UCIPD investigations into hate incidents and sex offenses can be coordinated with an OEOD investigation. Please note that UCIPD can assist in referrals to other police departments in Orange County and can take courtesy reports for other police stations. The UC Irvine Police Department is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week Address: 410 E. Peltason Dr. Irvine, CA 92697 Phone: (949) 824-5223 or 911. http://www.police.uci.edu/

Employee Respondents

Respondent Services Coordinator (RSC) is the designated individual on campus who can help student, staff, and faculty respondents understand their rights if they have been accused of sexual harassment or sexual violence, including sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking. The Respondent Services Coordinator can explain and help navigate the investigation and adjudication processes, including accompanying respondents to meetings with the investigator, formal hearings, assist with securing interpreter/translation services, make referrals to campus and community resources, such as for psychological counseling, legal services (including help understanding and complying with protection orders), alternate housing, academic changes and other needs. Meetings are by appointment only. Phone: (949) 824-5208. http://www.chs.uci.edu/rs/

Community Resources

Waymakers is an Orange County community resource that provides certified sexual assault counselors twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week via a rape crisis hotline, and to police departments and hospitals, and through two rape crisis centers. Waymakers advocates are available remotely during this time. Comprehensive and confidential services are provided to victims of rape and other sexual assaults, sexually abused children, and their family members. https://waymakersoc.org/

Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline (South Orange County) (949) 831-9110

Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline (North Orange County) (714) 857-2737

Human Options is an Orange County community resource that provides assistance to victims of domestic and dating violence and their families. Human Options provides emergency shelter and long term assistance for women and children who are in a dangerous situation due to an abusive relationship. Human Options Services provides emergency shelter and transitional living programs, including: safe housing, counseling, legal advocacy, case management and job readiness training for abused women and their children. Human Options provides long-term support to help rebuild lives through the Children and Families Counseling Center. They additionally provide a domestic violence hotline at 1-877-854-3594. http://humanoptions.org/contact/

Laura’s House is an Orange County community resource that provides emergency shelter to women and children leaving domestic violence situations. They also provide counseling and legal support to the whole family, batterer’s intervention program (52 week, court mandated), outreach and education to the community on the effects and prevention of domestic violence. They have a crisis hotline support, legal services, and transitional housing. They also provide support for survivors of stalking and information on technology abuse. Hotline: (866) 498-1511. On-line chat: Text “HEART” to (949) 484-8440 to chat with an advocate online. https://www.laurashouse.org/

WLTC Orange County is a community resource dedicated to helping individuals and families escape domestic violence, human trafficking, and exploitation. WLTC provides immediate shelters and transitional housing, supportive services including clinical individual, family and group counseling for children and adults, educational and skill building classes on parenting, financial literacy, and personal empowerment, family engagement, advocacy, legal services, peer support groups and other resources. Phone: 24/7 bilingual helpline: (877) 531-5522 info@wtlc.org. For non-urgent help or questions about domestic violence send a confidential email or text to love@wtlc.org
https://wtlc.org/programs-services/

Interval House provides programs and services to ensure safety for people who are battered, abused, or at risk. Interval House provides programs and services in over 70 different languages for both youth and adult survivors of domestic violence. Interval House provides 24 hour crisis hotlines, transitional and permanent housing, community service centers, counseling, legal aid, health and wellness programs, and programs for LGBTQ, interfaith, and multicultural programming. Hotlines: (562) 594-4555 and (714) 891-8121. https://www.intervalhouse.org/

The Orange County Family Justice Center is a safe, confidential and friendly place where assistance is provided to survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and elder/dependent adult abuse. Services at the center include: court support, legal assistance, prosecution, and advocacy. Phone: 714-765-1645

Legal Aid Society of Orange County is dedicated to meeting the legal needs of low-income people throughout Orange and Southeast Los Angeles Counties. Legal Aid provides evaluation, advice, and counsel, clinics, free workshops and self-help centers, direct representation and lawyer referral services, and policy advocacy. Legal Aid provides legal assistance in the following practice areas: family and children, housing, health, safety and protection, immigration, economic opportunity, domestic violence, and elder abuse. Phone: (800) 834-5001 https://www.communitylegalsocal.org/

Public Law Center provides free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy. Provides several community services and legal clinics throughout Orange County. Also offers Southeast Asian Legal Outreach Project (SEALOP) and AIDS Legal Assistance Project (ALAP). Phone: 714-541-1010.

Crisis Text Line Be connected to a trained crisis counselor 24/7 by texting “HOME” to 741-741 or using Facebook Messenger.

OC Warmline Available 24/7. Call, text, or chat 714-991-6412. This is a free and confidential telephone service providing emotional support and resources to Orange County residents. https://www.namioc.org/oc-warmline

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services is a mental health and suicide prevention agency providing services and support to individuals in need. https://didihirsch.org/

211 OC is a central point for public information in Orange County. Find information and resources for domestic violence, housing, financial stability, post-incarceration, military and veteran services, groceries, substance abuse, health care, transportation, crisis services, legal assistance, mental health, and other ways to get help by dialing 2-1-1 to get connected to an information and referral specialist. 211 provides information in over 150 languages and is confidential. Monday-Friday 8:00am-7:00pm you can text your zip code to 898211 to be connected with a live person to help you find information and referrals to free and low cost services.

National Resources

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who — through interpreters — provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls, texts and chats are confidential.

Hotline: 800-422-4453

FORGE is a national transgender anti-violence organization that provides direct services to transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and/or stalking. https://forge-forward.org/

National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Contacts to the hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.

1.800.799.SAFE (7233)

TTY: 1.800.787.3224

Chat feature available 24/7 at: https://www.thehotline.org/

The National Human Trafficking Hotline connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and supports to get help and stay safe. The Trafficking Hotline also receives tips about potential situations of sex and labor trafficking and facilitates reporting that information to the appropriate authorities in certain cases. The toll-free phone and SMS text lines and live online chat function are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Help is available in English or Spanish, or in more than 200 additional languages through an on-call interpreter. Call 1-888-373-7888 (TTY: 711); *Text 233733

The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native-led nonprofit organization dedicated to ending violence against Native women and children. The NIWRC provides national leadership to end violence against American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian women by supporting culturally grounded, grassroots advocacy. NIWRC develops resources and training opportunities to Tribes, grassroots advocates and survivors while requiring accountability of offenders and communities. For information on NIWRC visit their website here:

https://niwrc.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides immediate crisis lines, counselors, and intervention programs for those in emotional crisis and suicidal. Hotline: (800) 273-8255. This is a free 24-hour hotline. Press 1 for a dedicated line for Veterans and their families. Press 2 for Spanish. When you call, you will hear a brief message that you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and music while your call is directed to the nearest crisis center near you. A local crisis center counselor will answer your call and help you. For more information on state and local resources see: https://www.suicideispreventable.org/
For crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ call the Trevor Project Hotline at 866-488-7386 or text “EMM” to 741741 to text confidentially with a trained crisis counselor for free 24/7.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

1.800.656.HOPE (4673)

Chat feature available 24/7 at: https://www.rainn.org/

StrongHearts Native Helpline is a 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy. StrongHearts advocates offer various services at no cost, including but not limited to peer support and advocacy, crisis intervention, legal advocacy referrals and referrals to Native-centered domestic violence and sexual violence service providers.

Helpline: 1-844-762-8483

VictimConnect is a referral helpline where all crime victims can learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately. VictimConnect can be reached via phone and text at 855-4-VICTIM or via online chat Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm EST.

Emergency Response

Additionally, emergency on-campus housing accommodations for students remain available through UCI Housing during the administrative closure.

If there is an immediate threat to your or someone else’s safety, please call 9-1-1 to access emergency services in your area.