Student Resources for Gender-Based Violence Response During COVID-19

Responding to Students’ Needs During COVID-19

Students who have experienced any form of Gender-Based violence (examples may include sexual assault, stalking, domestic or dating violence) may be at greater risk of becoming hopeless, exhibiting depressed mood or growing anxious due to news of virus and precautions taken to prevent spread of COVID-19. Several different supports are located through our campus community and through national organizations.

Advocacy & Counseling Efforts:

Our campus community continues to offer remote services (phone and video call) through appointment:

Local Resources in Kalamazoo:

  • YWCA: 269.385.3587 (24 hour crisis line)
  • Gryphon Place: 211 or 269.381.4357 (24 hour crisis line)
  • OutFront Kalamazoo: 269.349.4234 (not 24 hours)

Statewide or National Resources:

  • RAINN: 800.656.4673 (National Sexual Assault Hotline)
    • RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) offers a phone hotline and an online hotline for victims of sexual assault. Both are free, confidential, secure services that provide live help.
  • VOICES4: 855.864.2374 or 855-VOICES4 (24 hour crisis hotline)
    • Established by the State of Michigan, Voices provides support for sexual assault and abuse, health options, legal options and rights, and information on how to help a survivor.
  • The LGBT National Hotline: 888.843.4564
  • The Trevor Project: 1.866.488.7386 or 678678 (text messaging)
  • The TransLifeline Transgender Crisis: 877.565.8860

Trends that may surge due to social distancing

  • Financial/Resource Dependency
  • Increased amount of threats of outing for individuals within the LGBTQIA* community
  • Increased threat of violence in residence

Safety Planning Tips:

  • Identifying a secure location for necessary medication or supplies (i.e. sanitation pads/tampons, etc.).
  • Changing passwords while at home to prevent others from getting into academic platforms.
  • Connect with services. If unsafe to do in residence, try making arrangements to speak with services while on a walk, grocery shopping, in a car, etc.
  • Create a habit of maintaining a form of transportation (taxi services, car, bus tokens, etc.).
  • If safe to do so, identify and connect with a trusted friend, co-worker, or family member who could check in with you, should you be stuck in your residence. Create a signal/code word that would alarm a trusted individual. Make a plan for how they could help you (calling the police, intervening, etc.).
  • Identify “safer spaces” in your residence. Stay out of places like the kitchen, garage, workshops, or other rooms where items that can be used as weapons are kept. If possible, try to avoid places with tile or hardwood floors.

Self Care Tips:

  • Maintain connections with your support network (friends, family, professors, etc.).
  • If you have access to the internet, many YouTube channels provide guided meditations, yoga sessions, and much more.
  • Create and maintain a routine (sleep schedule, exercise, dedicated time to school work, etc.).
  • Take time to complete activities you enjoy that fall within the guidance of social distancing (i.e. coloring sheets, listening to music or a podcast, watch a movie, go out for a walk, etc.).
    • Pay attention to the media you are consuming, as some of the shows, movies, or stories you consume may be upsetting. Pay attention to warnings. Most of the time you have control over what you watch or view on your social media. If you see something on your social media, unfollow, unfriend, or exit out of that program.

To report a situation involving sexual misconduct, contact a non-confidential resource. Please click here to identify a non-confidential resource: Title IX reporting

This project was supported by Grant No. 2018-WA-AX-0010 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.