OPEN’s Sexual Violence Resource Center (SVRC) provides confidential, trauma-informed support services to Northeastern students who have experienced any form of sexual violence (i.e., sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, domestic/dating violence, and/or stalking). The SVRC supports students who have experienced sexual violence both recently or in the past, regardless of location.
SVRC staff work with students to understand their rights and resources, and support survivors in making the best choices for them going forward. This may include:
- facilitating connections for ongoing counseling, medical care, and/or legal services;
- discussing reporting options and/or accompanying students through the University investigation and adjudication process
- expediting connections to other Northeastern resources that can best meet students’ needs.
To schedule an appointment with SVRC staff, fill out this confidential service request form (log in with your Northeastern credentials.)
Please email [email protected] with any additional questions. OPEN staff monitor service request submissions and email Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM, and will reply to requests as soon as possible. The Sexual Violence Resource Center is located on the Boston campus in 407 Ell Hall.
Our Approach & Services
OPEN staff members at the center provide free, confidential, trauma-informed services. We are here to listen and provide information so that you can make the choices that feel best for you.
WE PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT: Reporting and investigative processes, medical care and forensic evidence collection, rights and interim remedies available to you (eg., no-contact orders, housing changes, academic support), on- and off-campus counseling and resources.
REFERRAL AND ACCOMPANIMENT: Staff will work to understand your needs and get you quickly connected with resources. We can also accompany you to on-campus services like the Office for University Equity & Compliance (Title IX) if desired.
GROUNDING KITS AND TECHNIQUES: Grounding is a technique that can be used to cope with symptoms of trauma. Email to request a kit with supplies like mints, a stress ball, and Play-Doh. Students can pick up Grounding Kits during a meeting with SVRC staff or by filling out this request form.
Confidentiality & Accessibility
The Sexual Violence Resource Center is a confidential resource. Staff are not required to report disclosures of sexual assault, partner violence, stalking, sexual harassment, or sexual exploitation to the Office for University Equity and Compliance (Title IX).
All students have the right to access resources and services, regardless of your location within the Global University System. Services can be accessed in-person on the Boston campus, or virtually from anywhere in the world via Microsoft Teams. Phone translation services are available in over 200 languages including ASL. SVRC staff will work to accommodate any other accessibility needs.