HELP FOR STUDENTS

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

If you have experienced sexual violence you can get help from SFU’s Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO). You can get help no matter when or where the incident took place.

·  If you want to talk to someone about what happened, visit our Contact Us page.

· If you need emergency help, call the police or ambulance at 9-1-1.

The SVSPO is a place where you can share your experience without being judged. Our approach is survivor-centred and trauma-informed. Our aim is to empower you to choose what support you need.

If you don’t feel comfortable coming to the office (Diamond Alumni Centre, Burnaby campus), we can meet you somewhere else. We provide support to all campuses and can arrange an appointment anywhere in the Lower Mainland. We help coordinate access to other SFU services to minimize you having to retell your experience.

We provide free and confidential assistance, including:

  • 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
  • Help navigating court processes, if needed
  • Transportation to the hospital, police or other emergency services
  • Information packages for you or a friend who has experienced sexual violence
  • Help with academic, workplace or other accommodations at SFU that you may need
  • We also provide support and advice for students who have been named in an incident of sexual violence. See Resources for Respondents .

GETTING MEDICAL HELP

You can get help from both doctors and counsellors at SFU Health and Counselling Services.  Services offered include:

  • Counselling
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Tests and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Emergency contraception (“morning after” pills, Plan B, or Copper IUD)

IF YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE A FORENSIC EXAM

If you have experienced sexual assault, you may wish to have a forensic exam. This exam can allow for the collection of DNA and other evidence that can be used if you wish to report the sexual assault to the police. The exam is completed at a local hospital and should be conducted within seven days of the assault. 

You do not need to have a forensic exam to receive other medical assistance such as emergency contraceptives and STI prevention options.

You do not have to make a report to police at the time of the exam as the evidence collected can be  securely stored for up to one year.  

We can provide company and transportation to either Vancouver General or Surrey Memorial Hospitals for medical care. Both hospitals offer specialized sexualized assault support and medical treatment:

Vancouver General Hospital Sexual Assault Services

Phone: 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 

Phone: 604.585.5688

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

Contact the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office to learn more about other sexual health clinics off campus or external counselling resources.

 

MORE HELP - 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

Phone: 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 and faculty who are supporting students. Available in multiple languages, 24/7.

Community Resources

Many community resources are available if you want to access support off campus: 

VictimLinkBC

Phone toll-free: 1.800.563.0808

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

WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre

Phone: 604.255.6344

toll-free: 1.877.392.7583  

ww.wavaw.ca

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

Surrey Women's Centre

Phone: 604.583.1295

www.surreywomenscentre.ca

Sexual assault and domestic violence relief centre in Surrey available 24/7.

Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC)

www.endingviolence.org/

Provincial not-for-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.