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Recommended Resources for Students and Families

Our efforts to end campus violence are focused where we believe they will have the most impact: working with colleges and universities to help them understand and comply with the requirements of the Clery Act.

We also recognize that students and families are seeking answers — whether as part of their college research process, or in response to a crime.

In both cases, you have rights protected under the Clery Act and other legislation. Below, you will find a collection of resources we recommend for students and families looking to understand what their rights are, and what they should do next.

This page is not intended for emergency response. If you have been the victim of a crime, contact local law enforcement and your legal counsel immediately.

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Recommended Organizations

Check out these nonprofit and government organizations for more information and resources about campus safety:

What they do: Help families prepare for potential medical emergencies and consider access to emergency care during the college selection process.

Peace Outside Campus
What they do: Advocate for the protection of students by providing information about rental rights, and working with landlords and local college communities to develop and maintain improved safety measures in off-campus apartments.
College Drinking: Changing the Culture
What they do: Provide comprehensive research-based information on issues related to underage drinking and binge drinking among college students.
Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE)
What they do: Work to prevent sexual assault and heal survivors through social advocacy, prevention education and survivor support.
End Rape on Campus
What they do: Work to end campus sexual violence through direct support for survivors and their communities; prevention through education; and policy reform at the campus, local, state, and federal levels.
National Center for Victims of Crime
What they do: Advocate for victims’ rights, train professionals who work with victims, and serve as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues.
Every Voice
What they do: Strives to end campus sexual violence by passing student-written, survivor-centered legislation; building grassroots and bi-partisan coalitions; and empowering the next generation of civically engaged community leaders.
National Women's Law Center
What they do: Advocate for gender justice in the courts, in public policy, and in our society, especially for women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.
It's On Us
What they do: Combat campus sexual assault by engaging all students, including young men, and activating the largest student organizing program of its kind in grassroots awareness and prevention education programs.
Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC)
What they do: Aim to enhance the response to stalking by educating the professionals tasked with keeping stalking victims safe and holding offenders accountable.
The Jed Foundation
What they do: Provide essential information about common emotional health issues and shows teens and young adults how they can support one another, overcome challenges, and make a successful transition to adulthood.
What they do: Promote safe school, campus, and organizational climates through research, information sharing and the development of data-driven strategies for hazing prevention.
Know Your IX
What they do: Empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools. 
Tyler Clementi Foundation
What they do: Bring communities together to prevent bullying.
Lauren McCluskey Foundation
What they do: Bringing awareness to, funding research for, and providing resources to change the cultures that respond poorly to dating violence and stalking on campuses.
What they do: Mobilize the community to respond to and end domestic, sexual and community violence in the Black community through research, public awareness and community engagement, and resource development.
What they do: Engage, educate, and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.
Victim Rights Law Center
What they do: Work to ensure every sexual assault victim has an attorney and the most effective legal remedies available.
Men Can Stop Rape
What they do: Mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.
VTV Family Outreach Foundation
What they do: Develop, enact, or support programs that address issues that contribute to harm such as bullying and mental health.
Michael H. Minger Foundation
What they do: Raise awareness and standards of campus fire safety for all students, and address fire safety issues specific to students with disabilities.
U.S. Department of Education's Campus Safety and Security Data Tool
What they do: Provide rapid customized reports for public inquiries relating to campus crime and fire data.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
What they do: Provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.
When Dating Hurts
What they do: Explain the warning signs that can help to detect a harmful relationship and share guidance gained from conversations with domestic violence counselors and law enforcement professionals.
What they do: Work with young people across the country to raise awareness about the warning signs of abuse and activate communities to work to change the statistics around relationship violence.
Pathways to Safety
What they do: Provide services to Americans experiencing interpersonal and gender-based violence abroad, including students participating in study abroad programs.