At Columbus State, the Compliance Office works to support a healthy, respectful and welcoming community. We do this by preventing and addressing concerns of discrimination and sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence, and the effects of such behavior on our community.
Support and resources are available even if an individual chooses not to make a formal complaint or pursue an investigation through the College or criminal charges through a law enforcement agency. Many of these resources also are available to individuals accused of discrimination or sexual harassment.
Although the information is accurate as of the publishing date, resource offerings or availability may change. Please contact the resource directly to verify confidentiality and services.
If you are unsure where to start or have questions about confidentiality, contact the Compliance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or see https://www.cscc.edu/about/equity-compliance/ for individual contact information.
Mental Health Counseling (010 Nestor Hall, Columbus Campus)
Offers short-term counseling, consultation, education and resources for students who are experiencing emotional and psychological concerns that are interfering with their ability to maintain in school and balance other responsibilities. Free, personal counseling services are available by appointment for currently enrolled students.
For more information email email@example.com or call (614) 287-2818.
To request counseling at the Columbus Campus, complete this form.
To request counseling at the Delware Campus, complete this form.
Provides free, personal counseling services, legal and financial assistance, and wellness offerings for full-time and part-time Columbus State employees.
Please note that Matrix is not available to adjunct faculty members, temporary employees and/or work study students.
To speak with an EAP intake coordinator, call (614) 475-9500 or (800)-886-1171.
Offers evidence-based, trauma-specific services to children and adult victims, survivors, and co-survivors of crime and trauma. Services are confidential and at no cost.
To learn more or schedule an intake assessment, call (614) 234-5900.
Provides confidential mental health and substance abuse crisis and assessment services including: crisis intervention, de-escalation, psychiatric nursing assessment, physician evaluation, referrals, and substance abuse and mental health assessments.
The Netcare Crisis Phone Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call (614) 276-CARE or visit www.netcareaccess.org/ to use the online chat feature.
Supports the community by guiding people in need of mental health services to the appropriate providers as well as providing services that may not otherwise be accessible. Services include, but are not limited to: pro bono counseling, family advocacy, connection to mental health resources and mental health advocacy, support groups, online screenings, mental health first aid and peer recovery support services.
For more information, call (614) 221-1441.
Offers comprehensive and coordinated healthcare for those at risk of or affected by HIV, for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community and for those seeking a welcoming healthcare home. Services include: behavioral health, dentistry, health and wellness programs, HIV supportive services, HIV testing and prevention, legal services, comprehensive medical care, and pharmacy.
Services available in Akron, Athens, Canton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Lima, Mansfield, Newark, Portsmouth, Toledo and Youngstown. Visit https://equitashealth.com for local medical center contact information.
The hotline resources below offer free, confidential support 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
Free and confidential emotional support for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Specific resources are available for youth, disaster survivors, indigenous peoples, veterans, loss survivors, members of the LGBTQ+ community, attempt survivors, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, and Spanish speakers.
To speak with a trained crisis worker, call or text 988.
To chat online with a crisis counselor, visit https://988lifeline.org/chat/
Provides free, confidential mental health support via text messaging. Trained volunteer crisis counselors serve anyone who is experiencing any type of crisis, including: anxiety, emotional abuse, isolation, depression, suicidal ideation, concerns about school and more.
To reach a Crisis Counselor, text “HOME” to 741741.
Provides advocacy and emotional support services in conjunction with medical and social services at OhioHealth Emergency Departments and other local facilities in central Ohio. Programs and services include: 24-hour emergency room advocacy, 24-hour sexual assault Helpline, sexual violence prevention programming, aftercare advocacy, campus advocacy at The Ohio State University and recovery resources.
To talk with a trained volunteer or staff advocate, call the Helpline at (614) 267-7020.
Offers a wide range of programs and services to address all aspects of family violence, including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, stalking, domestic violence and elder abuse. Services include: child and family counseling, prenatal and early intervention services, adult counseling, and advocacy services.
As part of TCFSH, The Child Assessment Center (CAC) provides responsive and timely medical assessment and treatment. Using a multidisciplinary approach, children and adolescents are seen for comprehensive evaluations of alleged abuse and neglect.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with TCFSH, call (614) 772-8200.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with CAC, call (614) 722-3278.
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence (Franklin County)
Provides temporary emergency shelter for victims and their children, domestic violence counseling, legal and community advocates, peer support groups and a 24-hour domestic violence crisis, information and referral hotline. Kennel services for cats, dogs and pocket pets are also available.
To speak with an advocate, call the 24-hour hotline at (614) 224-4663.
Turning Point (Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Union and Wyandot counties)
Offers free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence and their families, including: shelter (in Delaware and Marion), individual education and support, group education and support, children’s programs, victims’ rights advocacy, and transitional housing.
Turning Point is a Safe Zone for members of the LGBTQ community. Language interpretation services are available for all languages. DWAVE and Sorenson Relay System available for deaf/hard of hearing clients.
Call the 24-hour crisis line at (740) 382-8988 (for local calls) or (800) 232-6505 (for callers outside of Marion county) or use the 24-hour texting service by texting “turningpoint,” “turning point” or “tphelp” to 20121.
The Lighthouse (Fairfield County)
Offers emergency shelter, counseling services for adults and children, trauma counseling for veterans, case managers, legal advocates to assist victims of domestic violence and their children. The Lighthouse is a Safe Zone for the LGBTQ community.
For assistance, call the 24-hour hotline at (740) 687-4423.
ODVN provides a toll-free information and referral line to assist survivors of domestic violence obtain phone numbers for local shelters and state coalitions, request safety plans, borrow educational materials, and obtain information about ODVN sponsored workshops, conferences or training events.
For assistance, call (800) 934-9840 or (614) 781-9651.
For more information, use the online search tool: https://www.odvn.org/find-help/.
Domestic Violence/Stalking Unit, City Attorney’s Office (Franklin County)
This Unit of the City Attorney’s Office facilitates prosecution and provides education, support, counseling, crisis intervention and overall assistance to victims who have experienced domestic violence and/or stalking in Franklin County. Unit advocates provide support services to victims and can assist in obtaining anti-stalking Civil Protection Orders (CPO).
For more information, call (614) 645-6232.
Highly-trained advocates are available to speak confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
For support and assistance, call (800) 799-7233, text “LOVEIS” to (866)-331-9474 or chat online with advocate at https://www.thehotline.org/.
Connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with vetted services and supports to get help and stay safe. Correspondence is confidential and you may request assistance anonymously. Phone, text and live online chat are available in English, Spanish or in more than 200 additional languages through an on-call interpreter.
To speak with an advocate, call (888) 373-7888, text 233733 or chat online: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/chat.
Provides a free and confidential hotline, online chat and mobile app for sexual violence survivors and their loved ones.
To talk with a trained support specialist, call (800)-656-4673 or chat online at https://hotline.rainn.org/online.
The RAINN Mobile App is available in the App Store and on Google Play.
Highly-trained advocates offer free, confidential support, information and advocacy to young people (ages 13-18) who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. Information and support is also available to concerned friends, family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement.
For support and advocacy, call (866) 331-9474, text “LOVEIS” to (866) 331-9474, or chat online: https://www.loveisrespect.org/.
The following resources are tailored to address the needs of individuals with respect to their culture, identity-group and/or community.
Provides a variety of services to empower the diverse Asian community in Central Ohio, including: youth and family support programs, health care and prevention services, community education, and interpreting and translation services for 30+ Asian languages. The Family Support Program includes assistance due to domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, elder abuse, hate crimes, or other forms of violence and/or unhealthy behavior.
For information about services, call (614) 220-4023.
The Center for Disability Empowerment (Franklin and Delaware Counties, Ohio)
Provides individuals with disabilities free opportunities to learn new skills (e.g., how to write a letter, interview for a job or apply for benefits), find transportation services, healthy resources or personal care assistance, and defend their rights by working for broader change. Services are available to people with disabilities of any age.
For more information, call (614) 575-8055.
Offers culturally affirmative advocacy and education in response to oppression and relationship and sexual violence within the hard of hearing and deaf community. Services include community, legal and social service advocacy for survivors of crime and trauma, mental health counseling and 24-hour hospital emergency room advocacy for sexual assault survivors in partnership with SARNCO.
DWAVE advocates are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. To reach an advocate via video phone, call (614) 678-5476. You may also email info@DWAVEohio.org for more information about services.
Advocates for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio who believe their rights have been violated because of a disability, such as being abused or neglected, discriminated against, denied services or unable to access public facilities. Translation services are available for non-English speakers.
To request an intake appointment, call (614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9189, select option 2 and leave a voicemail message.
Provides comprehensive individual and community programs for survivor advocacy and support to LGBTQ+ survivors of hate and bias violence, discrimination, intimate partner violence, stalking and/or sexual assault. Free and confidential services include: crisis intervention, safety planning, legal advocacy, support groups and hospital advocacy.
Offers comprehensive services and compassionate support in a confidential setting to empower families and individuals to be self-sufficient and overcome challenges. Services offered include: basic needs assistance, referrals, resources and advocacy, mediation and conflict resolution, English literacy and job skills training and more.
To learn more or schedule an intake interview, call (614) 470-2848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provides health services, interpretation and translation assistance, and youth and educational programs. Two full-time Promotoras de Salud serve as victim advocates, educators and case workers for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, ensuring that victims have access to legal, medical and social services.
For more information or to request assistance, call (614) 840-9934.
Provides a wide variety of services including: planning and support, youth programs, translation and interpretation, legal advocacy, elder programs, English Second Language (ESL) and job assistance. Trained multi-lingual immigrant staff assist with goal planning, advocacy, family counseling and support for those experiencing domestic violence.
For more information or assistance, call (614) 262-4068 or email email@example.com.
Us Together, Inc. (Central Ohio)
Us Together, Inc. offers employment services program, intensive case management, interpreter services, linguistic services, reception and placement, refugee support service programs, victim services programs and citizenship and immigration services to refugees and immigrants escaping wars, violence, tyranny and extreme poverty. Free services for victims of crime and violence (domestic violence, human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual assault, stalking, harassment, hate crimes, adult or child abuse/neglect, gang violence, and female genital mutilation) include trauma-informed care, medical case management and linkage to valuable resources.
For general services in Columbus, call (614) 437-9941. To access interpreting services in Columbus, call (614) 581-4357.
Offers no-cost legal services to individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation. Capital University Law School students can assist with criminal defense, criminal prosecution, domestic relations, tenant rights and issues, wills and related documents, general civil matters, and family advocacy.
For more information, call (614) 236-6245 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
Offers free services related to consumer law, family law, housing, public benefits, reentry, seniors, tax, veterans, education and naturalization. An individual must meet income and resource limits in order to qualify for services.
To speak with an intake specialist regarding legal issues in Franklin or Madison counties, call (614) 241-2001 (Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) For more information on the intake process, see https://www.columbuslegalaid.org/apply-for-help.
To speak with an intake specialist regarding legal issues in Delaware, Marion, Morrow and Union counties, call (740) 383-2161 (Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
An online resource that provides legal information, forms and referrals for family, housing, money and debt, health and public benefits, crime and traffic and court concerns.
Provides legal help with consumer issues, school problems, domestic violence situations, family law problems, health benefits issues, housing issues, public benefits issues, taxes, utility issues, employment issues and more for individuals with low income and limited savings and assets.
Offices are located in Athens, Chillicothe, Newark, New Philadelphia, Portsmouth and Steubenville. Visit www.seols.org/contact for local office information.
For assistance call (833)-288-2936 or complete an intake form.
Additional legal protections may be available for immigrants and international students who are the victims of crime or human trafficking. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), annually sets aside a limited number of non-immigrant visas for individuals who meet eligibility criteria. More information is available at: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/victims-of-human-trafficking-and-other-crimes.
There also are special provisions for certain victims of domestic violence seeking visas. More information is available at https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/battered-spouse-children-and-parents.
Columbus State Community College
Student Adovcacy Center (For Students)
Serves as a resource to help students develop a plan of action to address issues and concerns by providing students with connections and resources that help them to navigate essential needs challenges, such as: housing and utilities, food, technology support, transportation, healthcare coverage and emergency assistance programs.
The Student Advocacy Center provides in-person services Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and operates remotely each Friday. Please note that the Student Advocacy Center closes from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for lunch each day.
MOM is a resource for students and community members to access free, fresh, and shelf-stable food on a regular basis. Eligible shoppers must have a household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
MOM is located at 400 Grove Street on the Columbus Campus. It is open Mondays and Thursdays 11:00 am - 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
During Autumn and Spring semesters, students who are unable to shop during MOM hours can request a Cougar Box, a pre-packed box of food available at MOM through the Student Advocacy Center.
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Us Together, Inc. (Central Ohio)
Offers employment services program, intensive case management, interpreter services, linguistic services, reception and placement, refugee support service programs, victim services programs and citizenship and immigration services to refugees and immigrants escaping wars, violence, tyranny and extreme poverty.
Free services for victims of crime and violence (domestic violence, human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual assault, stalking, harassment, hate crimes, adult or child abuse/neglect, gang violence, and female genital mutilation) include trauma-informed care, medical case management and linkage to valuable resources.
For general services in Columbus, call (614) 437-9941.
To access interpreting services in Columbus, call (614) 581-4357.