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Get Support in Pleasantville

In case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 or 9-8-8, the national mental health crisis hotline.

The 9-8-8 Lifeline provides easy access to emotional distress care, which is distinct from the traditional services of 9-1-1, where the focus is on dispatching emergency medical services, fire, and police, as needed.

For on-campus emergency support, contact Pace Security at (914) 773-3400.

    • Go to a safe place. Breathe. You are safe now.
    • Collect any evidence (if you want police involvement).
      • If there is even a remote possibility that you will choose to get a forensic exam (“rape kit”), try not to shower, brush your teeth, eat or drink anything until after the exam to preserve as much evidence as possible.
        • You can still get an exam if you have showered, eaten, or brushed your teeth.
        • It's highly recommended that receive an exam, even if you do not wish to report your assault.
      • Place your clothing, bedding, and anything else in a paper bag to bring to the hospital or police station. Plastic bags create moisture and can distort evidence.
    • Talk to someone you can trust.
  • Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Education
    Phone: (914) 597-8783

    Counseling Center*
    Administrative Center
    Phone: (914) 773-3710
    24/7 On-call staff

    University Health Care
    Paton House, Ground Level
    Phone: (914) 773-3760
    Academic Semesters:
    Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
    Winter/Summer Sessions:
    Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

    Center for Spiritual Development
    Phone: (914) 773-3598

    Victim’s Assistance*
    Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc.
    Phone: 1 (855) 827-2255
    Website: Victim Assistance Services

    All services are free and confidential.
    Victim’s Assistance Services collaborates closely with sister agencies throughout the county, including: Hope’s Door Domestic Violence Shelter, Pace’s Women’s Justice Center, and The Loft.

    Pace Women’s Justice Center
    78 North Broadway, Pace Law School
    Helpline: (914) 287-0739

    New York State Coalition
    Against Sexual Assault*
    Phone: 1 (800) 942-6906

    RAINN—Rape Abuse and Incest National Network*
    Phone: 1 (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

  • University Safety and Security*
    Pleasantville, Alumni Hall
    Goldstein Academic Center
    Phone: (914) 773-3400

    NY State Police Hotline:
    Phone: (844) 845-7269

    Office of the AVP/Dean for Students, Student Affairs
    Kessel Student Center, Dean's Suite
    Phone: (914) 773-3351

    Housing and Residential Life*
    Elm Hall, Room 132, Pleasantville
    Phone: (914) 597-8777
    24/7 On-call staff

    Title IX Coordinator/Affirmative Action Office
    Phone: (914) 923-2610
    163 William St.
    10th Floor, RM 1017
    New York, NY 10038

    Pace FIRE Peer Educators
    Follow Pace FIRE Peer Educators on Instagram

    Multicultural Affairs/Diversity Programs
    Phone: (914) 773-3628

    Safe Rides*
    Pace security escort or taxi service
    Phone: (914) 773-3400

    Mt. Pleasant Police Department*
    (Pleasantville and Briarcliff Manor)
    Phone: 9-1-1

  • View a full list of hospitals (PDF)

    Phelps Memorial Hospital
    Phone: (914) 366-3590

    Westchester Medical Center
    Phone: (914) 493-7307

    Westchester Medical Center has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) on staff, but you can seek care at any local hospital, even if you think you don’t want to press charges.

  • WestCOP Victims Assistance Program
    Phone: (855) 827-2255

    Pace Women’s Justice Center
    Phone: (914) 287-0739

    My Sisters’ Place
    Phone: (800) 298-7233

    • Mount Pleasant Police: (914) 769-1941
    • New York State Troopers - Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit: (844) 845-7269
    • Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc., (WestCOP) Victims Assistance Program: Main Office - (914) 345-3113; Toll-Free Hotline - (855) 827-2255
    • Pace Women’s Justice Center: (914) 287-0739
    • New York State Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 942-6906
    • New York State Office of Victim Services: (800) 247-8035
    • Safe Horizon Rape and Sexual Assault Hotline: (866) 689-4357
  • DO:

    • Put them at ease and try to help them create a safe environment. Let them know that you are there for them and receptive to what they are saying.
    • Affirm their feelings and express admiration for their courage to share with you.
    • Emphasize and verbalize your stance against the abuse they have experienced.
    • Follow their lead and support their desires. Respect the decisions they are making regarding their care.
    • Be mindful of your self-care. You can better respond to a survivor’s needs if you also take care of yourself. It’s important to—while respecting the survivor’s confidentiality—reach out to your own support system and be realistic about how much support you are able to provide


    • Question the validity of the survivor’s claims.
    • Make excuses for the person who caused harm.
    • Share the survivor’s story without their consent.
    • Give the survivor any ultimatums.
    • Minimize the assault.
    • “Investigate” what the survivor is saying. Avoid asking "why?" questions or asking for more details than the survivor is willing/able to share.