Confidential Resources for People Who Have Experienced Sexual Violence

W&M wants to help people who have experienced sexual violence and wants to make sure that assault is not ignored.  For these reasons, and because of federal and state law, when W&M faculty or staff become aware of sexual violence involving a student or occuring on campus, the faculty or staff person must report to the Title IX Coordinator.  (To learn more about faculty and staff reporting obligations, visit the mandatory reporting website.)  

We know that people who have experienced assault or other forms of sexual misconduct may want to remain anonymous and share their experience only with one person.  Or they may not be sure how or to whom they want to report the incident.  To help support victims and survivors, W&M does have some confidential resources -- some people who are not required to report incidents to the Title IX Coordinator.  

W&M also has some additional partially confidential resources, who may maintain confidentiality of sexual harassment incidents but who are required by law to report sexual violence or abuse of a minor.  Information about these partially confidential resources is provided in Appendix A of the Discrimination Policy.  

W&M also has ways to make an anonymous report

Confidential Resources for Students
  • William & Mary Counseling Center: 757-221-3620
    Blow Hall 240
    The Counseling Center offers a range of mental health services to students wanting help with personal concerns. Services include outreach and presentation activities; individual, couples, and group therapy; as well as consultation to friends, faculty, and parents/guardians concerned about a student in distress. The Counseling Center responds to crisis situations by providing immediate intervention, stabilization and support.  The Counseling Center will also help find referrals for therapists and psychiatrists in the Williamsburg area. If you need assistance with this, please call Christine Ferguson, M.Ed., LPC at 757-221-3620.  You may also use the Online Community Database for a mental health provider suitable to your needs.
  • Student Health Center757-221-4386
    The Student Health Center provides a full-range of primary care services including the evaluation, treatment and prevention of all kinds of acute or chronic physical, mental and social health issues.
  • Lesley Henderson, Director of Student Accessibility Services: 757- 221-2509 or [[ljhenderson]]
  • Liz Cascone, Director of the Haven: 757-221-7478 or [[emcascone]]
  • The Haven757-221-2449 or [[thehaven]]   
    Campus Center Room 166
    The Haven is a student-staffed support center and is a welcoming, safe, and inclusive gathering space for those impacted by
    sexual violence and harassment
  • Area hospitals and medical centers
  • Avalon: A Center for Women and Children: 24 Hour Hotline 757-258-5051.  
    Avalon provides shelter and support to those experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault.  Avalon's team of trained advocates are available to speak with you confidentially 24/7. 
  • The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors (Newport News): 24 Hour Hotline 757-236-5260
    The Center provides support, treatment and advocacy for anyone affected by sexual or domestic violence.  The Center responds, confidentially, 24 hours a day 7 days a week to the needs of survivors providing crisis intervention and referrals to community resources. 
 
Confidential Resources for Employees
  • Employee Assistance Program (Virginia Department of Human Resources Management)
    Free counseling sessions are available for employees through the Employee Assistance Program.
    Participants in COVA Care and COVA HDHP (Anthem BlueCross BlueShield) health insurance plans: call 1-855-223-9277
    Participants in COVA HealthAware (Aetna) health insurance plan: call 1-888-238-6232
  • Employees may also use the Online Community Database provided by the William & Mary Counseling Center to locate a mental health provider in the area.
  • Area Hospitals and Medical Centers
  • Avalon: A Center for Women and Children: 24 Hour Hotline757-258-5051  
    Avalon provides shelter and support to those experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault.  Avalon's team of trained advocates are available to speak with you confidentially 24/7. 
  • The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors (Newport News): 24 Hour Hotline 757-236-5260
    The Center provides support, treatment and advocacy for anyone affected by sexual or domestic violence.  The Center responds confidentially, 24 hours a day 7 days a week to the needs of survivors providing crisis intervention and referrals to community resources. 

This website updated March 2016.