RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

Support is available at the Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office for campus community members including students, staff and faculty who are impacted by sexual violence. You can receive support regardless of when or where the incident took place. The office provides coordinated access to other SFU services to minimize retelling your experience.

Tel: 778.782.7233 | email: sv-support@sfu.ca

The Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office is a safe place where you can share your experience without judgment or assumptions. We work from a survivor centered and trauma informed approach that empowers survivors to choose what their support needs are. If you don’t feel comfortable coming to the office, we can meet you at another location. We provide support to all campuses and can arrange an appointment at the Surrey or Downtown campus. 

The SVSPO provides confidential and ongoing assistance including:

  • Free and confidential support, information and advice 
  • Referrals to on and off campus supports and resources as needed
  • Personalized safety planning
  • Information on confidentiality
  • Information on reporting options available to you, and assistance with accessing these options
  • Assistance in navigating court processes
  • Transportation options to the hospital, police or other emergency services
  • Information packages for yourself or a friend who has experienced sexual violence
  • Streamlined assistance with academic, workplace or other accommodations at SFU
  • Provide support and advice for those who have received a disclosure

 

MEDICAL RESOURCES

SFU Health and Counselling Services is staffed with both doctors and counsellors who can provide the following services:

  • Counselling
  • Pregnancy tests
  • STI tests and treatment
  • Emergency Contraceptive (“morning after” pills, Plan B, or Copper IUD)

FORENSIC EXAMS

The purpose of this exam is to collect DNA and other evidence that can be used should you wish to report the sexual assault to the police. It is completed at a local hospital and should be conducted within seven days of the assault. 

You do not have to report at the time of the exam, but the collection process allows evidence to be securely stored for up to one year.  

We can provide company and transportation to either Vancouver General or  Surrey Memorial for the exam.

Vancouver General Hospital Sexual Assault Services

604.875.2881

Specialized sexual assault support and medical treatment, including option for forensic evidence collection. Free services for anyone 13 years or older within 7 days following a sexual assault. Services provided both at VGH Emergency and at UBC Urgent Care Centre. Trained nurses provide treatment for injury and sexually transmitted infection, pregnancy prevention, forensic evidence collection and emotional support

Surrey Memorial Hospital 

604.953.4723

Specialized sexual assault support and medical treatment including the option for forensic evidence collection. Forensic nursing service can support anyone within 7 days following a sexual assault. 

If you want to learn about other sexual health clinics off campus, external counselling resources, contact the Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office to learn more.

OTHER SFU RESOURCES

Nuturing Resilience

Nurturing Resilience is a weekly support group for students of all genders who have experienced any form of sexual violence. Developed in partnership with the SFSS Women's Center, SFU's Health & Counselling Services and SFU's Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office.

Learn more →

My SSP

Tel: 1.844.451.9700 or 011.416.380.6578 from outside North America | www.sfu.ca/students/health/support/mental-health/my-ssp

Free, confidential counselling support and wellness resources for SFU graduate and undergraduate students and advice for staff/faculty supporting students. Available in multiple languages, 24/7.

Call or download the free app.

 

Community Resources

There are many community resources that are available to you should you wish to access support off campus: 

VictimLinkBC

1.800.563.0808

Toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service avialable across B.C. available 24 hours/7 days a week. Provides information and referral for anyone impacted by crime. 

WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre

604.255.6344/ toll-free 1.877.392.7583 | www.wavaw.ca

Rape Crisis Centre for Women offers 24-hour confidential immediate emotional support, referrals and hospital accompaniment. 

Surrey Women's Centre

604.583.1295 | www.surreywomenscentre.ca

Sexual assault and domestic violence relief centre in Surrey available 24 hours/7 days a week.

Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC)

www.endingviolence.org/

Provincial non-profit organization supporting over 240 community-based anti-violence programs. An online directory can help you connect with information about services available throughout BC.

BC Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse

604.682.6482 | www.bc-malesurvivors.com

Not-for-profit society that provides therapeutic services for males who have been sexually abused at some point in their lives.