Support Services Available
The SASC provides support services to people of all genders who are survivors of sexualized and/or intimate partner violence. We also offer support to survivors’ friends and family members. Our support services include:
Emotional & Short-Term Crisis Support
Are you needing to talk and would like someone to listen?
We are here for you.
The SASC’s Support and Advocacy Team is trained to provide confidential and nonjudgmental emotional and/or short-term crisis support. Topics that survivors and/or their family and friends have shared in support sessions include:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual abuse in childhood
- Intimate partner violence or relationship violence
- Technology facilitated violence
- Safety planning
- Isolation and hazing
- Self-care and coping strategies
- Boundaries and assertiveness
- Sexual and physical health
If topics or situations come up that are beyond the scope of our services, we can explore and connect you with relevant resources in the community and/or on-campus (See our list of Community Resources for a few options).
A safety plan is an individualized and practical plan that includes information, resources and actions to help you keep as safe as possible and prepare you for different scenarios. At the SASC, we can help you develop a safety plan so that you may use it during your day-to-day activities, before you plan on leaving an unsafe living environment or relationship, when you’re in the process of leaving, or after leaving. It can be helpful to review this safety plan every once in a while and to update it accordingly with support persons and other trusted individuals in your life such as family members, friends, co-workers, etc. It is also important to know that regardless of whether you had a safety plan or followed it, sexual assault and abuse are never your fault.
Advocacy & Accompaniment
Navigating any one institutional system (medical, legal, academic, etc.), let alone multiple systems, can be stressful and overwhelming.
You don’t have to do it alone.
From applying for academic concessions, to filing a report with the UBC Investigations Office or the police, to requesting workplace accommodations, or even accessing health services, the SASC is here to offer advocacy and accompaniment services every step of the way. We can support you by attending appointments and meetings with you, writing support letters, advocating or relaying messages on your behalf, and more.
Since advocacy planning can look different from one person to the next, we would like to encourage you to connect with a Support Worker to discuss what options may be most relevant for your situation.
Sexual Assault Service
Note: The Sexual Assault Service is still available at this time. The SASC has recently resumed accompanying survivors to the Sexual Assault Service. We would like to encourage you to check our blog for the latest updates regarding support services for survivors.
The Sexual Assault Service (SAS) offers care and services to anyone 13 years or older who has been sexually assaulted within the past 7 days.* The SAS is available at UBC Urgent Care Centre at Koerner Pavilion, 2211 Wesbrook Mall, 7 days a week from 8am to 10pm and at Vancouver General Hospital’s (VGH) Emergency Department (24 hours), 920 West 10th Avenue.
The SAS services include:
- The assessment and treatment of injuries and sexually transmitted infections
- Forensic sample collection
- Medical reports for police
- Referrals to health, legal, and community-based support services
*If you are 12 years old or under and have been sexually assaulted, please call 911 or go to BC Children’s Hospital.
Additional information you should know when accessing the SAS includes:
- All services are free and confidential
- No Care Card (MSP)** is required
- You can bring a friend, family member, or support person with you to the hospital:
- UBC Urgent Care: If you would like someone from the SASC Support Team to accompany you to the SAS at the UBC Urgent Care Centre, please call (604) 827-5180. Our accompaniment services are for people of all genders who have experienced sexualized violence.
- Vancouver General Hospital: Cis and trans women, Two-spirit, trans and/or non-binary survivors may also call (604) 255-6344 to arrange for a Women Against Violence Against Womens (WAVAW) worker to accompany them to VGH
- Interpreters are available for individuals who are deaf
- Language interpreters are available
**While not required, it can be helpful to bring your Care Card with you if you have it on you.
If you were assaulted more than 7 days ago:
- You can access medical care from your doctor or nurse practitioner, a local community health clinic, walk-in clinics, and youth clinics
- For ongoing counselling support, questions about the legal system and other resources, you can contact VictimLink at 1 (800) 563-0808
- At UBC, you can contact the SASC at (604) 827-5180 or SVPRO at (604) 822-1588 for emotional, informational, and advocacy support and referrals to various community resources
- In Vancouver, you can contact WAVAW at (604) 255-6344
- A SASC support worker can discuss clinic options and resources that may be closer for you
Referrals & Resources
At the SASC, we believe it is important for us to not only understand the scope of our services but also to connect survivors with resources that can offer additional and/or specialized supports and information. Our Support and Advocacy Team can help develop a list of various community and on-campus resources for you, discuss these options, and refer you accordingly. You can check out a few of these resources here.
Have questions about certain resources or unsure about where to start? Feel free to reach out to a Support Worker to discuss what options may be most relevant for your situation.
In addition to one-on-one support services, the SASC runs several support groups throughout the year. If you have any questions about the groups, would like more information, or are interested in participating, please give us a call at (604) 827-5180 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to complete the intake process.
Fall 2021 (winter term 1), we will be offering the following Support Groups:
Roots & Resilience:
Roots & Resilience is a six-week long art-based, peer support group for UBC students and community members of all genders who have experienced sexualized violence. This group is facilitated by SASC Support & Advocacy staff. It will be in-person at the AMS Nest and will run for 6 weeks. Specific time and dates to be announced.
Folx of diverse genders may participate. The group will run on a drop-in basis; there is no expectation or requirement to attend every session. The purpose of the group is to build community and to connect with others to foster healing and empowerment. Compared to other groups, there is an emphasis on psycho-education around trauma and healing.
Being an arts-based group, you can expect to explore healing and processing through art, writing, and understanding our bodies and our parasympathetic nervous system, with an emphasis on nature and the land we live on.
While we aim to shape the group to the specific folx participating, you can expect to explore some of the following concepts: establishing safety both physically and mentally; connecting with our inner-strengths; and self-esteem/self-worth. We will discuss boundaries, including how we can understand them and the roles boundaries serve for our instincts, as well as comfortable ways we can assert boundaries. If you complete all the sessions, you will leave with a deeper understanding of how the brain understands trauma and new ways to understand and respond to triggers.
Peer Support Group:
The Peer Support Group is a peer support discussion group for all UBC students, prospective students and recent students of all genders who have experienced any form of sexualized violence, harassment and/or abuse. This group is open to everyone but is geared for those who are currently or have recently been in an academic setting. This group is facilitated by SASC Support & Advocacy staff and will take place online over zoom on alternating weeks; starting Thursday October 7th from 5:30-7pm.
While discussion topics will depend on the needs and interests of participants, some topics might include: stress management; self-care; balancing academics, work and personal life; navigating institutional barriers and harms; connection, isolation & loneliness, particularly in the context of COVID-19; return to campus and emotional safety. The purpose of this group is to facilitate connections and to share resources and coping strategies within a community of peers who have similar or shared experiences.