Support for Survivors

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Time-Sensitive Considerations

The initial days after experiencing violence can be confusing and you may be faced with some difficult decisions. Immediately after experiencing physical violence, you may want to consider seeking medical attention and preserving forensic evidence for reporting. More information about these time-sensitive options is below. You do not have to make decisions on your own. Contact the PATH to Care Center for assistance and support.

For emergencies, call 911.

Do you need medical attention?

After experiencing harm, you may wish to seek medical attention to treat any possible injuries, get tested for STI exposure, and potentially complete evidence collection. You may call the Care Line to speak with a confidential advocate, who can coordinate transportation to an appropriate local healthcare facility for medical care and/or forensic evidence collection, assist in navigating reporting requirements and options, and accompany you to provide emotional support throughout the process. Important note: Medical staff are Mandated Reporters, and required to report to the police any physical evidence of a violent crime (such as bruising, tearing, bleeding) observed during a physical exam. Listed below are healthcare facilities local to the UC Berkeley campus.

Highland Hospital 

1411 E 31st St, Oakland, CA 94602 | Phone: (510) 437-4800

Highland Hospital is an approved medical facility for forensic evidence collection.

Urgent Care at University Health Services (UHS), Tang Center

2222 Bancroft Way (1st Floor) | Phone: 510-642-3188

For after-hours medical assistance, call UHS Advice Nurse at 510-643-7197. Urgent Care does not provide forensic evidence collection. Urgent Care staff can coordinate with a local hospital for forensic evidence collection.

Are you considering reporting and want to preserve evidence?

Evidence collection is a police process to collect and preserve possible evidence of a violent crime, and can only be done at approved sites within the county where the incident occurred.  If a survivor of relationship violence or sexual assault is considering or wants to pursue criminal charges immediately or in the future, it is best if forensic evidence collection is conducted soon after an incident (usually within the first 72 hours, the earlier the better). You can call the 24-hour Care Line: 510-643-2005 for a confidential advocate to support you in receiving medical care and/or pursuing evidence collection, and reporting to local police. The closest approved site for evidence collection in Alameda County is Highland Hospital.  If you are interested in having evidence collected:

• If possible, leave the area where the harm occurred undisturbed.

• It is recommended not to shower, bathe, wash hands, eat, drink or brush teeth.

• If possible, place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag (no plastic).

If possible, you may also choose to save text messages, records of phone calls, emails, pictures, notes, and gifts as evidence for a report.

Unsure of where to start? 

You may want more information or to talk to someone confidentially as you decide what you’d like to do moving forward. Contact the PATH to Care Center for confidential support and consultation. An advocate can help you decide what's next, connect you to resources, and support you along the way. 

PATH to Care Center (Confidential Resource)

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For urgent 24/7 support, call the Care Line at 510-643-2005.

For appointments, call 510-642-1988 (answered Mon - Fri, 9am - 4:30pm)

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For emergencies, call 911.

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24/7 Care Line: 510-643-2005

For urgent support, contact the confidential PATH to Care Center.

Reporting to UC Berkeley

Contact the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination.