Women's Center

How We Can Help

Graduate and undergraduate students of any gender who are victims of gender violence--sexual assault, rape, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, stalking--can get information and support about their options including, but not limited to:

  • Trauma-focused therapy
  • Housing and academic accommodations
  • Filing a formal report with the Office of Student Conduct
  • Referrals and accompaniment for medical assessment and treatment
  • Assistance with law enforcement and obtaining a protective order
  • Safety assessment and planning
  • Assessment of the need for additional social and emotional support


Counseling & Case Management

Therapy for survivors of gender violence, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, rape, stalking, intimate partner violence and cyber harassment, is available to undergraduates and graduate students who are enrolled at Duke as full time students. Licensed Clinical Social Workers provide clinical interventions to assist the student in resolving symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Medical Care Referral and Arrangement 

A trained staff person will advise a survivor of sexual assault in obtaining medical care after an assault.  If the survivor chooses, this care may include a forensic examination to collect evidence of the assault or follow-up appointments for STI prophylaxis and pregnancy testing. Throughout the process, we will be available to answer questions and offer support, as desired.

Legal Referrals

Staff will assist a survivor of gender violence to report a crime to police, obtain a protective order or provide support if criminal or civil actions are pursued. Duke Police can also take a report from a student and/or explain their options.