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If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, contact the Veterans Crisis Line to receive 24/7 confidential support. You don't have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to connect. To reach responders, Dial 988 then Press 1, chat online at, or text 838255. If you have a medical emergency or are experiencing a suicidal crisis and need help, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Learn what to do if you witness harassment or sexual assault

Although you may find these courses helpful, they are not intended to replace treatment by a healthcare professional. For more information on how to access VA mental health services, visit:
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Quote from VA Secretary Denis McDonough. Every VA patient, their families and caregivers, as well as sexual assault survivors, staff, visitors and advocates should feel safe in all VA facilities.

What can you do if you witness harassment or sexual assault in a VA facility?

As a bystander, you can help other Veterans when you know what to do.

Countless interactions occur among VA staff, Veterans, Service Members, caregivers, family members, and visitors every day. We can all help ensure that VA facilities are positive and respectful environments when we know what to do if we observe harassment in or sexual assault.

Bystander Intervention Training for Veterans will help you know what you can do if you witness witness harassment or sexual assault. Spend 30 minutes taking this online training now to learn how to recognize a hostile situation, how to respond to it, and how to get help.

We all have a responsibility to ensure that the VA community is safe, welcoming, and a place that is free of harassment. Thank you for your service and for your commitment to a harassment-free VA.