SAVIP provides advocacy and support for all members of our campus community. Students, faculty and staff who are survivors of interpersonal violence can access a trained interpersonal violence advocate 24/7.

To speak with a SAVIP advocate during business hours, call 803-777-8248. After hours, call USCPD at 803-777-4215 and ask to speak with the SAVIP advocate. When calling USCPD to connect with the SAVIP advocate, you do not have to provide your name or any information regarding the incident to USCPD.

For information on how to support survivors, additional on and off-campus resources, or to report an act of interpersonal violence, please visit

In the event of an emergency or if you are in imminent danger, call 911 immediately.

Our Services

Advocacy: If you need assistance with paperwork, accessing other services or navigating reporting options, we will work with you and other service providers you want to involve to support and help you.

Crisis support: If you want to share your experience in a confidential space, we are here to listen, validate, support and believe you. We can also create a safety plan with you to discuss resources and options for your time on and off-campus.

Accompaniment: A SAVIP staff member can accompany you to the local hospital for a forensic evidence exam or Student Health Services for medical attention and care. We can also accompany you to Title IX, Office of Student Conduct and Law Enforcement meetings and other appointments related to what happened.

Accommodations: We can help you with requesting academic and housing accommodations. Your academic success is important and we can help you request accommodations from professors, address scheduling needs and connect you to academic support resources on campus. Your safety is also important and we can help find temporary alternative housing, and in certain cases, permanent relocation.

Information and education: We are here to answer your questions, explain processes to you and inform you of your rights, options and resources.

Resources and referrals: We can connect you to a variety of services on and off-campus that may be useful to you.

Consultations for faculty, staff, and students: If you are trying to support and help a survivor or if you have questions about reporting an incident of interpersonal violence, we can make recommendations for how you can support and empower them, connect you to resources for yourself and the survivor and guide you in how to support a survivor while having to file a report with the university. As a confidential resource, SAVIP cannot discuss anything regarding a specific survivor or incident without a signed release from the survivor. 

Students are welcome to walk into the SAVIP office during business hours if they need advocacy services, want to speak with someone about interpersonal violence or need more information. Students may call 803-777-8248 to make an appointment.


For more support locally, nationally or globally, consider using the following resources:

Serving Columbia, SC

  • Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (24/7; Confidential)
    Richland & Lexington counties in SC, 803-771-RAPE (7273)
    Newberry, and Sumter counties in SC, 1-800-491-RAPE (7273)

  • Sistercare, Inc. (24/7; Confidential)


Serving Nationally & Globally

  • The Trevor Project Crisis & Suicide Prevention Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth (24/7; Confidential)
    Online “Chat Now” feature available
    Text feature available