If you feel unsafe, trust your instincts and seek assistance.
In an emergency, dial 911. RVAP's confidential 24-hour victim hotline number is (319) 335-6000.
We encourage people to work with a victim advocate or threat assessment professional to discuss the particular risks and concerns associated with their situation, but sometimes people are reluctant to talk about their fears or experiences with someone they don’t know. Fortunately, the following online resources offer helpful information for safety planning.
- DVIP Safety Strategies: Safety planning for victims of dating and domestic violence
- myPlan App: A tool to help with safety decisions if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing dating or domestic violence
- RAINN Safety Planning: Safety planning for victims of sexual misconduct
- Hawk Watch App: Create a virtual safety network
There are services that provide free transportation to students.
- Nite Ride is a free service provided by campus police that gives students of all genders an alternative to walking home alone late at night.
Resources for Victims of Crime
IowaVINE is a free resource for receiving information about the custody status of offenders. You can call IowaVINE at 1-888-7-IAVINE (1-888-742-8463) to receive information through an automated information system. You can also go to www.vinelink.com to register for automatic telephone, text, or email updates when there is a change in an offender's custody status.
The Crime Victim Compensation Program is a program of the Iowa Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General. It helps victims with certain out-of-pocket expenses related to injuries from violent crime, or crime-related expenses such as medical care, counseling, lost wages, and funeral expenses (when costs are not covered by insurance or other sources).
The Information for Victims and Witnesses pamphlet is published by the Johnson County Attorney's Office Victim Witness Assistance Program.
The Safe at Home program is an address confidentiality program that provides survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, stalking, or violent crimes, with a substitute address.
Safety concerns might also be addressed through supportive measures provided by the university.