Interpersonal Violence Prevention and Response

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Each year, the month of April is filled with programs, events, and opportunities that raise awareness about the issue of sexual violence, resources available to support survivors, and calls for action to make change. IUPUI students come together each year to lead and plan these efforts, and we are looking for students to join the It’s On Us planning committee for 2023. 

Email Viviane Linos if you are interested in joining the planning committee or collaborating on an event this year.

If you are in imminent danger or require immediate assistance, call 911 or contact the Indiana University Police Department at 317-274-7911.

Find additional support

To find additional crisis support through the Division of Student Affairs, visit Emergency Resources. If you are not in immediate danger, you may find the following advocacy in the community resources helpful. You can also find an extensive listing of community resources at the Help Me Roar website.

Centers of Hope support victims of sexual assault and family violence. They have several locations, each staffed by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners who are specially trained to conduct a medical exam, collect forensic evidence, provide crisis support, and help arrange follow-up care.

  • Eskenazi Health (720 Eskenazi Ave.): Call the program manager at 317-880-8004 or 317-880-8006. Services are available 24/7.
  • IU Health Methodist (1701 N. Senate Blvd., Emergency entrance at I-65 and 21st St.): Call the forensic nurse examiner's mobile phone at 317-963-3394. Services are available 24/7.
  • Riley Hospital for Children (706 Riley Hospital Dr.): Call 317-274-7377 for pediatric services.
  • Community Hospital East (1500 N. Ritter Ave.): Call 317-621-4673 or 317-355-4672 for assistance.
  • Franciscan St. Francis Health (8111 S. Emerson Ave., Entrance 1): Call 317-528-5442 or 317-528-5262 for assistance.
  • St. Vincent Hospital (2001 W. 86th St.): Call 317-338-3756 or 317-338-1956 or 317-338-6629 for assistance.

Legacy House (2505 N. Arlington Ave.) provides no-cost trauma counseling and advocacy services to victims of violence. Services are available to individuals and families. Visit Legacy House or call their crisis line at 317-554-5272.

Firefly Children and Family Alliance (2240 N. Meridian St.) is a nonprofit that has supported Indiana families and adults for generations. Services include individual and family mental health counseling, support groups, domestic violence treatment, survivor advocacy, and more. Firefly is Marion County’s certified Rape Crisis Center.

For 24-hour sexual assault crisis support, call 833-338-SASS (7277). For more information on services, visit the Firefly website, or call 317-634-6341 for survivor advocacy services. The program is free, voluntary, and confidential for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking.

The Julian Center (2011 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46202) empowers survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Services include emergency shelter, counseling, support group services, legal services, sexual assault advocacy, and more. Visit The Julian Center or call the 24-hour crisis line 317-920-9320 for more information.

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: Get free, confidential counseling from the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) by calling 1-800-656-HOPE or visiting the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network website.
  • Connect-2-Help 211: Call 317-926-4357 to be connected to advocacy services.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: Talk confidentially with highly trained advocates specializing in supporting victims of domestic violence. Get connected with resources or information, and find support if you're questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY), or visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website.