If You Experience or Witness Sexual Misconduct

  • If you believe you or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 911 as soon as possible.
  • All people should get help if they witness or experience sexual misconduct or violence.
  • If you experience sexual violence, you are not to blame. It does not matter when it happened, where it happened, or what the circumstances surrounding the incident were. It is not your fault.

Seek medical attention

No matter what happened, you should seek medical attention as soon as you can, even if you are not sure if you want to report the incident.

  • It is the best way to protect you from the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.
  • And, even if you think you are physically okay, you may have injuries that need treatment.
  • You may choose to go directly to any local hospital’s emergency department.

Preserve evidence of the sexual violence

While you might be tempted to try to erase all signs of what happened to you, and understandably so, it is important to preserve the evidence. You may need it to provide proof of criminal activity or to obtain a protection order.

Do not do any of the following things until you’ve gotten medical attention and/or contacted the police.

  • Bathe or shower
  • Use the restroom
  • Change clothes
  • Comb hair
  • Clean up the crime scene
  • Move anything the offender may have touched

Do not try to collect evidence yourself

Get help from medical or law enforcement personnel as soon as possible, or at least within 72 hours of the assault.

Get confidential emotional support

DVC Counseling Services


  • 925-969-2140 (Pleasant Hill)
  • 925-551-6209 (San Ramon)

Wellness Interns are either graduate students in a master's or doctorate degree program or trainees. Trainees have completed their degree and are gaining required hours for their license. They are here to offer brief therapy, which is free and students may meet with a Wellness Counselor up to five sessions. Students interested in this program will need to fill out this referral form and send it via email with their availability.

Student Assistance program  (Free off campus services offered to DVC students.)

Interpersonal / domestic violence support

  • Call 1-800-799-7233 to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • Chat online is available at thehotline.org
  • Text LOVEIS to 22522 to text a trained counselor 

Contra Costa Crisis Center

The Contra costa crisis center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  If you need someone to talk to, they are there to help you. 

  • Talk to a crisis counselor by phone by calling 800-833-2900 
  • Text with a crisis counselor by texting the word COURAGE to 741741.

Off-Campus Community Support & Resources

California Alliance Against Domestic Violence

The CAADV site offers information about recent Alliance activities and a wealth of technical assistance resources, particularly on CalWORKS and training for probation officers.

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The California Coalition Against Sexual Assault is a statewide coalition of rape crisis centers and prevention programs. CalCasa's mission is to eliminate sexual violence and to ensure that resources for support are available to survivors.

Contra Costa Alliance to End Abuse


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