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Support for Survivors

Sexual and relationship violence can have psychological, emotional, and physical effects on a survivor. These can include shock, denial, trouble sleeping, nightmares, flashbacks, changes in mood or appetite, difficulty focusing, feelings of anger, guilt, despair, self-blame, and fear. It is common for survivors to feel overwhelmed, ashamed, or to question what happened to them. These effects aren’t always easy to deal with, but with the right help and support they can be managed. At Hampshire, we encourage survivors to find a path towards healing that makes sense to them, knowing that this journey is different for everyone. We encourage survivors to avoid isolation, and seek out the supports that can help you determine what resources are available and what help can be provided. Below is a list of various resources on campus for survivors.

Non-Professional Counseling and Advocacy

These employees may talk to a survivor in confidence, and generally only report to the College that an incident occurred without revealing any personally identifying information. Disclosures to these employees will not initiate a College Title IX investigation into an incident against the survivor's wishes. They must report anonymously for Clery Act purposes.

Privileged and Confidential

These employees are required to maintain near complete confidentiality; talking to them is sometimes called a "privileged communication." These are the confidential on and off campus resources that will not take action with the College on information that is reported.

Privileged and Confidential Counseling

Confidential Medical Resources

  • Hampshire Health and Counseling Services, 413.559.5458
  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 24/7 sexual assault nurse exams (SANE) 30 Locust Street (Rt. 9), Northampton, MA 01061, 413.582.2000
  • University of Massachusetts Health Services, sexual assault nurse exam (SANE) free of charge, speak to a triage nurse, 413.577.5000

Counseling and Support Groups

Survivor Circle

This student-led group is for survivors only. It meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. in the living room of the Center for Feminisms.

Healing Collective

This experiential workshop series focuses on self-empowerment through reconnecting with the body, mind, and soul. Contact health services for details: 413.559.5458

Filing a Formal Complaint

If survivors would like to speak to someone about filing a formal complaint, interim safety measures, or alternate/informal resolutions, they may talk with someone from the Title IX team. Title IX team members can also help survivors identify and navigate other on- and off-campus supports, including the legal system. Title IX team members are private, not confidential. Private resources share information with only those they are required to by law or job function.

Additional Campus Resources

Emergency Assistance

If you are experiencing an emergency on campus and need immediate medical assistance, call campus safety and security at 413.559.5555 or x1911 from an on-campus phone. Campus safety and security will also provide transportation to off-campus resources for exams.

You are a Campus Resource

Hampshire encourages all students to be active community members and take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent or stop an act of sexual misconduct. Here are some steps you can take to intervene at Hampshire:

  • Call campus safety and security at 413.559.5555 if you are concerned for someone's safety.
  • If you hear someone acting or speaking in a manner that is offensive, demeaning, or abusive to a targeted person or group of people, let the individual know that it makes you uncomfortable and ask that person to stop.
  • If you are aware that sexual misconduct has taken place, you may report the offense yourself and/or encourage the victim/survivor to report the offense and seek support.
Sexual Misconduct Policy
Hampshire College seeks to maintain a safe learning, living, and working environment.
Learn more about Hampshire's Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Prevention Policy.
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