I've experienced harm related to SVSH - where can I get support?
What happened to you is not your fault, and you have a right to confidential support. The PATH to Care Center is supportive first point of contact, as a confidential advocate can inform you of other on and off campus resources as well as of reporting options if you are interested. To reach PATH to Care, call 510-642-1988 to make an appointment, or, for 24/7 urgent support, call the Care Line at 510-643-2005.
See our Survivor Support Resources page for more information.
I'm a family member, friend, or colleague of a survivor- where can I get support?
The PATH to Care Center offers free services to any member of the UC Berkeley community who is impacted by sexual violence or harassment, or to those supporting community members who are impacted. If you are unsure of how to support someone in crisis, you can call PATH to Care's 24/7 CARE line at 510 643-2005. If you are supporting someone long term and want to be the best resource you can be, you can set up an appointment with a confidential advocate at 510 642-1988. UHS Social Services and Counseling and Psychological Services can also provide confidential support to students; Be Well at Work/Employee Assistance can provide confidential support to staff and faculty.
Can faculty and staff use the PATH to Care Center?
Yes! The PATH to Care Center serves students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/relationship violence, or stalking. The PATH to Care Center also serves anyone who has been harmed by a Berkeley affiliate, as well as anyone supporting someone in these groups.
What happens when someone calls the Care Line?
When someone calls the Care Line, an advocate will listen to the experiences of the person seeking support in a safe, affirming, and nonjudgmental way. The advocate can provide options, rights, resources, and referrals, including referrals to the Tang University Health Center and other medical/counseling services.
Advocates can also provide ongoing, supportive follow-up services. The Care Line can be used to:
- Give survivors a way to immediately connect with support
- Provide time-sensitive information about reporting, medical care, and other safety resources
- Arrange accompaniment by an advocate to places such as medical care, forensic evidence exam, university reporting, and law enforcement reporting
Find more information about the Care Line on our 24/7 Urgent Support Care Line page.
What and who is a confidential resource?
Confidential resources exist in order to provide a safe space for individuals to discuss their options, learn about resources, and discuss any concerns before deciding to take next steps. Unless there is imminent risk of serious harm, confidential resources cannot share information without your express consent, and receiving support from a confidential resource does not trigger a report to the university. Any information shared with confidential resources is not considered an official report to the university. The information shared with a confidential resource will not result in any action by the University to resolve concerns unless a formal report is received by the university.
Confidential (non-reporting) resources include:
- PATH to Care Center
- UHS Social Services
- Be Well at Work Employee Assistance
- Ombuds Office for Students and Post-Doctoral Appointees*
- Staff Ombuds Office*
*Note: Ombuds Offices do not offer legal advice or mental health counseling. They do not have any formal authority to render decisions about issues brought to the office and do not participate in formal hearings or other formal processes. State-certified crisis counselors and advocates are also available through off-campus community resources such as BAWAR and the Family Violence Law Center.
The PATH to Care Center is in a confidential location, in order to protect the safety of people accessing support. It is centrally located on campus, and the specific location will be disclosed to those who first connect with an advocate over the phone. The best way to reach the PATH to Care Center is by calling 510-642-1988 to make an appointment, or 510-643-2005 for 24/7 urgent support through the Care Line.
Definitions and Terms Questions
The University of California uses the acronym SVSH, which stands for sexual violence and sexual harassment. SVSH is an umbrella term to include a range of conduct that is prohibited by the UC Policy on SVSH, including dating, domestic, and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and sexual exploitation. Not all forms of harm may be included in SVSH. There are confidential supportive services available to you, even if you do not feel that your experience of harm is encompassed within the acronym "SVSH".
To find more information about the UC Policy definitions of consent and prohibited forms of conduct such as sexual assault and sexual harassment, please see Definitions section of the Systemwide UC Policy on SVSH.
Why do people use the word "survivor"?
Only a person who has been harmed can choose the terms, if any, they want to use when speaking about their experience. On this site, we use the word "survivor" to refer or speak to people who have experienced any form of harm related to sexual violence and sexual harassment. We use "survivor" rather than "victim" in recognition and respect of those who have experienced violence and feel "survivor" signifies empowerment and strength.
If you are supporting someone who has experienced sexual violence or harassment, it can sometimes be difficult to know what to say. In general, it can feel supportive and empowering to use the same words the person uses to describe their experience, instead of labeling the person or their experience without their consent.
What is relationship violence?
On this website, "relationship violence" is a term used to refer to prohibited conduct including intimate partner violence, dating violence, and domestic violence. Find definitions of this term in the UC Policy on SVSH.