Support services for survivors of sexual assault

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you are not alone. There are many paths to healing, and it is never too late to seek help. Many survivors find it helpful to speak with a professional and/or join a support group with other survivors. There are several opportunities for individual and group counseling available at the Law Center, Main Campus and in the community.

Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Liaison (SARVL)

There are various ways to access support services on campus. If you are uncertain where to start, or would like to discuss which counseling options would work best for you, contact the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Liaison (SARVL). The SARVL offers free and confidential crisis intervention and options counseling, including information on counseling options, medical care, law enforcement and judicial options, housing relocation, and other practical matters. The office of the SARVL, Nicole Sandoz, is located in 212 McDonough Hall, and can be reached directly at (202) 662-9293 or All services are free and confidential for Georgetown Law students.

Counseling & Psychiatric Service (CAPS)

If you know that you would like to seek individual or group therapy through Georgetown, you go directly to the Counseling & Psychiatric Service (CAPS). CAPS has a therapist on staff who specializes in trauma. To set up an appointment, call CAPS at (202) 687-6985. CAPS is located in the lower level of Gewirz and all services are completely confidential. Group therapy is also available in the CAPS office on main campus located in Darnall Hall.

D.C. Community Services

If you prefer to seek support services off-campus, the Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence Liaison can provide you with information about community resources, including private therapists and organizations that specialize in working with survivors of sexual assault. Additionally, DC Rape Crisis Center offers free, confidential individual and group counseling for survivors of adult and child sexual abuse in the community. Call (202) 232-0789 or visit to access these services. DC Rape Crisis Center also offers a 24-hour crisis hotline at (202) 333-RAPE (7273).

If you have additional questions about campus and community counseling and support services, please contact Jen Schweer, M.A., LPC at (202) 687-0323 or

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