Student Counseling Services
Victims of Crime
- Public Safety: 215-596-7000 (24 hours/7 days
a week). Student, faculty or staff members who
are a victim of crime, observe an incidence of crime, need to
report a missing person, or witnesses suspicious activity are
encouraged to promptly report the information to the Department
of Public Safety. Individuals can report information by calling
215-596-7000, or by using one of the emergency call boxes, that
directly establishes communication with the Department of Public
Safety 24 hours a day, seven days a week. USciences Public
Safety provides medical escorts for non-life-threatening emergencies
to USciences-approved hospitals, emergency rooms, and healthcare
centers. Call 215-895-1117 to arrange for a Medical Escort
or request additional information. USciences Public Safety
is available to provide walking escorts to all USciences students,
faculty and staff, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, upon request.
Walking escorts are provided for the purpose of safety and security
to all locations within the Public Safety patrol area (41st to
46th Street, Baltimore to Woodland (including 4619 Chester)).
The primary goal of the walking escort service is to allow safe
travel from one location to another with a greater sense of security.
- Student Health and Counseling @ Suite 1200, Whitecar
Hall is available on weekdays to consult with victims
of violent crime regarding any physical injuries and/or emotional
trauma resulting from the crime incident – many students
are surprised to experience lingering anxiety or distress, even
if no bodily injury resulted, but it is very common for crime
victims to find themselves reliving the experience or in other
ways preoccupied with a heightened sense of vigilance or other
behaviors resulting from the crime. For both Counseling
and Health Services, you may walk in during our normal hours of
operation or, in the case of counseling, you may also call ahead
to schedule a counseling appointment in advance (215-596-8536).
- Dean of Students: 215-596-8756.
Available for University Administrative support, including short-term
and long-term leave options.
- Office of Student Conduct: 215-596-7554. If
a student would like to engage the University’s Student
Conduct Process, he or she should submit a written statement regarding
the alleged incident to the AAO, Public Safety, or the Dean of
Students Office. Anyone may file a third-party report detailing
an incident involving behavior prohibited by the university.
However, the University will not initiate the Student Conduct
Process or criminal process without the consent of the survivor.
Local Philadelphia Resources:
- Philadelphia Police Department @ 5510 Pine
St, Philadelphia, PA 19143-1320. Students may dial 911 to
connect with the local police department. The USciences
campus is supported directly by the 18th district of the Philadelphia
- Philadelphia West/Southwest Victim
Services @ 5429 Chestnut St., Ste G3 – They provide
help in getting financial compensation for any losses you experienced
or any medical or mental health services you may require as a
result of the crime. The West/Southwest Victim Services Program
is committed to helping victims of crime in the 12th, 16th, 18th
and 19th police districts. The program's Victims' Advocates offer
supportive counseling, referrals, assistance with the legal system,
crime victim's compensation and protection orders. For help or
more information, please call (215) 748-7780 or email at email@example.com.
- The Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia@
2000 Hamilton St., Suite 304, Philadelphia, PA 19130.
Counseling is provided, free of charge, to adult and child
co-victims of homicide and victims who have been traumatized by
other forms of violence. AVP's licensed counselors have specialized
training and experience in assisting co-victims homicide and victims
of crime. People react differently to traumatic loss and violence.
Some of the feelings and behaviors victims commonly experience
include difficulty sleeping, emotional numbing, increased anger,
social withdraw and feelings of powerlessness. AVP offers free,
professional counseling at the main office, at a downtown facility,
and at schools and other community sites. To find out more about
counseling services, please contact them at (215) 567-6776 or
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Their website is: http://www.avpphila.org/
- PSARC: Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response center. If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, all medical services are now offered through this centralized place located at
100 E. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125, 215-425-1374.
Call 911 or Special Victims unit at 215-685-3251 and they will take you to the medical center for an examination. Even if you do not want to file a police report or are not sure the police will still need to escort you to the center for the forensic medical exam.
- PA SAVIN: Pennsylvania’s Victim Notification Service.
This free service can let you know if a particular offender is
in jail and give other important custody information. Once
you provide them with your phone number and/or email address,
the service will contact you to let you know when that offender
is released, transferred or escapes.
Domestic Violence Resources:
- Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) @ One Penn Center,
1617 JFK Blvd., Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Office:
215-985-3333 TTY: 215-564-1413.
WOAR provides individual and group counseling to survivors of
sexual assault, court accompaniment, and crisis counseling through
its 24-hour hotline. Services include children, adolescent
and women’s sexual-health related counseling, abuse/assault-related
services, mental health and general health referral services.
No charge for services. Languages spoken: English, Chinese/Mandarin,
- Women Against Abuse @ 100 South Broad Street, 5th Floor,
Philadelphia, PA 19110. Daytime: 215-686-7082,
Hotline: 1-866-723-3014, Emergency Shelter
1-866-723-3014. Website: www.womenagainstabuse.org.
Provides free legal advocacy for women dealing with domestic violence,
including Protection From Abuse (PFA) orders, counseling about
legal options, safety planning, court accompaniment, transitional
housing and case management.
- Lutheran Settlement House Bilingual Domestic Violence
Project @ 1340 Frankford Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19125. Daytime: 215-426-8610
x 236 Hotline: 1-866-723-3014 Website:
Crisis intervention counseling, safety planning, bilingual advocacy
and court accompaniment, referrals for domestic abuse services
and other needs including referrals for shelter and housing, emergency
food services, legal assistance, medical services, general counseling
needs, sexual assault counseling, welfare assistance, services
for gay and lesbian people, and services in multiple languages.
The hotline is toll free and is answered by a trained counselor
24-hour a day. They also provide FREE and confidential individual
and group counseling services in Spanish and English for victims
and former victims of domestic violence and dating abuse.
- Menergy, Men’s Resource Center. 215-242-2235.
Menergy provides counseling and education services to
men who are physically or emotionally abusive to their partners.
- Delaware County Women
Against Rape. Hotline: 610-566-4342, Daytime: 610-566-7954.
Serves all of Delaware County with services for victims of crime
and rape. DCWAR provides a 24-hour hotline,
as well as accompaniment services to the hospital, police station
or court proceedings, and counseling services.
- Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) of Delaware County @ 14
West Second Street, Media, PA 19063. Hotline: 610-565-4590,
Daytime: 610-565-6272. DAP offers short-
and long-term supportive/educational counseling, as well as therapeutic
counseling designed to address the emotional barriers that make
it difficult to leave an abusive relationship. DAP
counselors also facilitate support groups that provide
clients with the opportunity to process their experiences with
others confronting domestic abuse. DAP staff
provide immediate crisis intervention, information and referral
on a 24/7 basis. Call 610-565-4590. DAP
provides emergency shelter to adults at imminent risk of physical
abuse, advocacy and support in filing for temporary Protection
From Abuse (PFA) orders and provides representation for clients
at permanent PFA hearings. DAP offers accompaniment
and advocacy for victims involved in criminal proceedings against
their abusers. Website: http://www.dapdc.org