Below you will find helpful resources available on campus, in the Lawrence area, and nationally.

Resources at The University of Kansas


Campus Assistance, Resource, and Education (CARE) Coordinator

Banner image featuring a head shot picture of Merill Evans on the right. Text on the image reads, "Confidential Resource for Sexual & Initmate Partner Violence. KU CARE Coordiantor. Merill Evans, LSCSW. 785-864-9255. care@ku.edu."

Merrill Evans, LSCSW, is the University's CARE (Campus Assistance, Resource, and Education) Coordinator whose primary role is to provide institutional support for students who have been impacted by any form of violence.

The CARE Coordinator services are free and confidential (not mandated to report incidents to University officials or organizations). Services include individualized therapeutic support, education and assistance navigating campus and community resources; support during reporting (both KU and criminal), interim measures (academic/housing needs). If you or someone you know has been affected by any form of gender based violence, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with Merrill by email or 785-864-9255. If WHS is closed, the Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center is available 24 hours for survivor assistance at 785-843-8985.


Office of Civil Rights and Title IX

The Office of Civil Rights and Title IX serves as a neutral and unbiased resource for students, faculty, and staff who wish to report an allegation of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence and/or retaliation.


Counseling and Psychological Services

CAPS. KU Counseling and Psychological Services. 785-864-2277. www.caps.ku.edu

Students who visit CAPS have a variety of interests and concerns. Many students seek help for psychological, interpersonal, family problems and other issues related to succeeding at the university. Individual and group sessions are available.

CAPS staff are also available for consultation to students who may have concerns about another student or friend, or about a particular situation. CAPS staff members are also available to consult with faculty and staff regarding such issues.


Watkins Health Services

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Located in Watkins Memorial Health Center, WHS provides comprehensive medical care and outreach programs through a team of dedicated professionals. As a student-focused, student-friendly center, our mission is to advance the quality of life for university students, improving academic performance and increasing retention.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE)

A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) is a registered nurse who has received specialized training in forensic evidence collection and medical care of sexual assault victims.  Along with the forensic exam, the SANE will provide medical care such as preventive medication for common sexually transmitted infections, disperse emergency contraception, as well as treat and document injuries.


Sexual Harassment Info

Sexual harassment is a violation of professional ethics as well as a violation of federal and state law. Specifically, sexual harassment is a form of illegal discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Kansas Acts Against Discrimination. University policy prohibits sexual harassment. For more information on KU's Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence policies, click on "Sexual Harassment Info", or click here.

Non-Discrimination Policies

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities.


Resources in Lawrence

The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center (24/7 Sexual Violence Support for Lawrence & Douglas County)

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Started in 1972 as the first rape crisis center in Kansas, The Sexual Trauma & Abuse Care Center promotes a culture of consent while proividing 24/7 support to peopole of all ages and genders affected by sexual trauma & abuse in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties.


The Willow Domestic Violence Center (24/7 Domestic Violence Support for Lawrence & Douglas County)

The Willow Domestic Violence Center builds safer communities through shelter, service, and support to survivors of domestic vilence and human trafficking in Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson counties.

All services are free and confidential and available to all residents of Douglas, Franklin, and Jefferson counties in Kansas.


KSPHQ - Headquarters Counseling Center (24/7 Support Hotline) 

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KSPHQ’s counseling center, Headquarters Counseling Center, is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Center serving all of Kansas. When you call, your call comes to Headquarters First. If you need help right now, you can reach our center 24/7 every day at 785-841-2345 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). Calls are free and confidential.

You can call–for any reason. If you’re thinking about suicide, concerned for a friend, grieving, feeling hopeless, or just need to talk to someone about something that’s going on in your life, you can call.


National Resources

RAINN (24/7 National Sexual Violence Support)

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"RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexial violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice."

-RAINN'S MISSION (from rainn.org/about-rainn)


StrongHearts Native Helpline (24/7 Support Hotline for American Indian and Alaska Natives)

Trans StrongHearts Native Helpline is a 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy.

1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) 


Trans Lifeline (24/7 Peer Support Hotline Run By and For Trans People)

The Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis - for the trans community, by the trans community. 24/7 Hotline: 877-565-886


National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7 National Domestic Violence Support)

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"Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers to The Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information, educational services and referral services in more than 200 languages. Visitors to this site can find information about domestic violence, online instructional materials, safety planning, local resources and ways to support the organization."

-About Us (from thehotline.org/about-the-hotline)


1in6 (24/7 National Support for Male Survivors of Sexual Violence)

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"The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences live healthier, happier lives.

Our mission also includes serving family members, friends, partners, and service providers by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community."

-About Us (from 1in6.org/about-1in6)

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