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Everyone responds to harassment and sexual assault differently. Experiencers may find themselves struggling after the incident and wonder what they can do to help themselves recover. VA has mental health services available to help. Visit the VA Mental Health website to learn more.

Listed below are useful links and contacts if you or someone you know has been sexually harassed or assaulted at a VA facility.

24 Hour Senior Help Line This link opens a non-VA site in a new tab or window
This helpline provides non-emergency services and information for employment, finances and benefits, housing and homelessness, physical health, and family and social support.
Contact Information: 1-602-264-4357
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Information Source: Community
VA Caregiver Support Program
VA offers supportive services and resources to support the role of Family Caregivers. A local Caregiver Support Coordinator can provide support by matching caregivers with services in which the Veteran is eligible and provide valuable information about resources.
Contact Information: Contact your local Caregiver Support Coordinator or call 1-855-260-3274
Information Source: VA
Chaplain Service
The mission of the National VA Chaplain Service is to empower Department of Veterans Affairs Chaplains in the achievement of excellence in meeting the Spiritual Healthcare needs of Veterans.
Contact Information: Contact your local VA Medical Center and ask to speak to the Chaplain
Information Source: VA
Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP)
The VA’s Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) is committed to helping Veterans, their partners, and VA staff who are impacted by IPV. If you, or someone you know could be experiencing and/or using IPV - help is available.
Contact Information: Contact your local Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program Coordinators
Information Source: VA
Department of Veterans Affairs Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Assistance Program Flyer (PDF)
Mission: to implement a comprehensive person-centered, recovery-oriented assistance program for Veterans, their families, and Caregivers and VHA employees who use or experience intimate partner violence.
IPVAP Flyer (English)
IPVAP Flyer (Spanish)
Information Source: VA
Directory of VA Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP) Coordinators by State
Click on Directory link, then click on your state to locate the IPVAP Coordinator closest to you.
Information Source: VA
Danger Assessment This link opens a non-VA site in a new tab or window
The Danger Assessment, developed by Dr. Jackie Campbell (Johns Hopkins School of Nursing) is a tool that helps to determine the level of risk an abused woman has of being killed by her intimate partner. It is free and available to the public and is available in a variety of languages. Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program Coordinators and other VA clinicians are trained and certified in the use of the Danger Assessment to assist Veterans in knowing their risk.
Information Source: Community
Employee Whole Health - Whole Health (va.gov)
This site has resources for self-care and for your whole health.
Information Source: VA
Futures Without Violence - The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence This link opens a non-VA site in a new tab or window
Futures Without Violence is a health and social justice nonprofit with a simple mission: to heal those among us who are traumatized by violence today – and to create healthy families and communities free of violence tomorrow.
Information Source: Community
Human Trafficking Hotline This link opens a non-VA site in a new tab or window
The National Human Trafficking Hotline connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and supports to get help and stay safe. The Trafficking Hotline also receives tips about potential situations of sex and labor trafficking and facilitates reporting that information to the appropriate authorities in certain cases.
Contact Information: 1-888-373-7888
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Information Source: Community
LGBTQ Crisis Hotlines and Services | Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (ostem.org) This link opens a non-VA site in a new tab or window
This site has several crisis hotlines and services for the LGBTQ community.
Contact Information: Text “oSTEM” to +1-313-662-8209 anytime, from anywhere
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Information Source: Community
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Help Center This link opens a non-VA site in a new tab or window
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) National Hotline provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. All services are free and confidential.
Contact Information: 1-888-843-4564
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 4:00 PM to 12:00 midnight; Saturday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM ET
Information Source: Community
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning + (LGBTQ+) Health Program
LGBTQ+ Veterans have faced stigma and discrimination, which can affect health. As a healthcare institution, we need to make sure that LGBTQ+ Veterans know that they are welcome at Veterans Health Administration (VHA). LGBTQ+ Veterans will receive affirming care and services to achieve optimal health and well-being.
Contact Information: Contact your local LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (LGBTQ+ VCC)
Information Source: VA
Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
Find out about MST, including what it is, eligibility for MST treatment, and support.
Information Source: VA
National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence This link opens a non-VA site in a new tab or window
The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence helps a myriad of professionals who work with victims and perpetrators; law enforcement; criminal justice professionals such as prosecutors, judges, and probation officers; health care professionals including emergency response teams, nurses and doctors; domestic violence and sexual assault advocates and service providers; and counselors and social workers. In addition to these professionals, the National Center also works with local, state, and federal agencies; state and national organizations; educators, researchers, faith community leaders, media, community leaders, elected officials, policymakers, and all branches of the military.
Contact Information: 512-407-9020 (voice and fax)
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Information Source: Community
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) This link opens a non-VA site in a new tab or window
The NCADV offers resources covering a wide variety of needs including resources for those working with victims and survivors of domestic violence.
Contact Information:
Hours of Operation:
Information Source: Community
The National Domestic Violence Hotline This link opens a non-VA site in a new tab or window
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is confidential and anonymous and available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide services in more than 170 languages. Hotline advocates answer questions, assist with safety planning, and provide information as well as directly connect callers to domestic violence resources available in their local areas.
Contact Information: 800-799-SAFE (7233) | 800-787-3224 (TTY)
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Information Source: Community
Pathways to Safety International This link opens a non-VA site in a new tab or window
Callers are advised to send an email that will be answered within 72 hours to crisis@pathwaystosafety.org. A typical response is the following: “We are primarily referring folks to local resources where they can receive on the ground support as well as attorney referrals. Please feel free to refer survivors to us. We are happy to answer any questions they might have and get them connected to resources.”
Contact Information: 833-SAFE-833 | crisis@pathwaystosafety.org
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Information Source: Community
Patient Advocate
The Patient Advocacy Program is for all veterans and their families who receive care at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities and clinics. We want to be sure you have someone to go to with your concerns in a timely manner and to help you receive care.
Contact Information: Contact your local VA Medical Center and ask to speak to your local Patient Advocate
Information Source: VA
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) This link opens a non-VA site in a new tab or window
RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. The support is free and confidential, available every day, 24/7.
Contact Information: 800-656-HOPE
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Information Source: Community
StrongHearts Native Helpline This link opens a non-VA site in a new tab or window
StrongHearts is a safe domestic, dating, and sexual violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. It is anonymous and confidential. Callers reaching out after hours may connect with The National Domestic Violence Hotline, a non-Native based 24-7 domestic violence helpline by selecting option 1.
Contact Information: 844-7NATIVE (762-8483)
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Information Source: Community
Suicide Prevention
VA’s top clinical priority is preventing suicide among all Veterans — including those who do not, and may never, seek care within the VA health care system
Contact Information: Contact your local Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Information Source: VA
Vet Centers (Readjustment Counseling)
Any Veteran, or Service member to include members of the National Guard and Reserve forces, who was sexually traumatized while serving in the military is eligible to receive counseling regardless of gender or era of service. |Assessment and referral for MST-related counseling is available at all Vet Centers. Onsite counseling is available at selected Vet Centers across the country. In addition, MST-related medical and mental health services are available at your local VA Medical Center and can be accessed by contacting the Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator or your existing VA health care provider.
Contact Information: : 1-877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Information Source: VA
Veterans Crisis Line
Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. The support is free and confidential, available every day, 24/7, and serves: Veterans, Service Members, National Guard and Reserve, and their family members and friends.
Contact Information: Call 1-800-273-8255 or 988 and Press 1; Text 838255
Hours of Operation: 24/7
Information Source: VA
Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC)
The WVCC staff is trained to provide women Veterans, their families, and caregivers about VA services and resources.
Contact Information: Women Veterans Call Center; Call or Text: 1-855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636)
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. ET, and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET
Information Source: VA
National Social Work Program
VA Social Workers can be found across all program areas in VA facilities who are ready to provide support and assist in connecting Veterans, their families and caregivers to resources. The National Social Work Program includes Social Work Patient Aligned Care Teams, Fisher House & Family Hospitality and Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Programs.
Contact Information: Contact your local VA Medical Center and ask to speak to your local Social Worker
Information Source: VA