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Resources for Complainants & Respondents

If you have experienced sexual violence

First, seek immediate medical care. It is important to get a medical exam and preserve all physical evidence, regardless of whether you intend to report a crime, notify the police, or press criminal charges. Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to have a Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) performed by a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) as soon as possible but no later than four days after the incident. With the victim’s consent, evidence collected during a SAFE can be used in a criminal investigation; however, a victim can undergo a SAFE regardless of whether they contact police. To undergo a SAFE, victims should go directly to the emergency department of the nearest hospital that provides SAFE services:

The cost of the forensic portion of the SAFE is covered by the law enforcement agency investigating the assault or, in cases where a report is not made to police, the Texas Department of Public Safety. This does not include the cost of medical treatment that is not part of the SAFE. Additional information is available from the attorney general of Texas:

Individuals who have experienced a sexual assault but do not plan to undergo a SAFE or report to police are strongly encouraged to seek medical attention and counseling. 

Who can I talk to, confidentially, about a Title IX-related concern?

All Title IX concerns are treated as confidential, and Title IX Coordinators will only share information with authorized individuals as necessary. All UT Southwestern employees must report any incidents of sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic/dating violence, or stalking committed by or against a student, resident, or employee. This reporting requirement does NOT apply to Confidential Employees, which includes counselors in Student Wellness and Counseling, the Resident Wellness and Counseling Center, the Employee Assistance Program, members of the Student Assistance Committee, providers in Student Health, or members of the clergy. Employees who learn about incidents under other confidential circumstances (such as attorneys or treating health care providers) are also exempt from the reporting requirement. Confidential Employees are only required to report the type of incident and may not include any information that would violate an individual’s privacy.

What if I am concerned about retaliation?

Title IX and UT Southwestern policies protect from retaliation anyone who in good faith reports a known or suspected Title IX issue. This protection also covers anyone who participates in an investigation or related proceeding, including the complainant, the respondent, and any witnesses or other people who have provided or may provide information. Concerns about retaliation should be immediately reported to a Title IX Coordinator.

Helpful Handouts

Videos & Webinars

TYLA: Healing the Wounds
This video, available in Spanish and English, includes details on what victims of domestic violence can expect when utilizing the courts to obtain a protective order, temporary restraining order or divorce.

Additional Resources

For additional information for individuals affected by sexual violence, please refer to SEC-156 Violence on Campus or contact the Title IX Coordinator, a Deputy Coordinator, or the Office of Institutional Equity & Access. Additional resources are provided below.

UTSW Campus Resources 
Compliance Hotline (877-507-7319)  
UTSW Employee Assistance Program Resources  
Off-Campus Resources  
Domestic Violence Shelters  
Stalking Resources  
Protective Orders  
Legal Assistance  
LGBTQ+ Resources  
Immigrant and International Student Resources