Confidential Counseling and Support Services for Employees

On-Campus Resources

Employee Assistance Program

(877) 313-4455 (appointment scheduling)
(866) 704-6364 (after-hours help line)

The EAP provides confidential help to public employees regarding personal and work-related problems. Consultations are available at no cost to covered employees and adult members of their households.

Human Resources

Western Washington University, Humanities Building, Floor 2
(360) 650-3774

Human Resources can assist employees who are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking and employees who have family members who are survivors. State law allows employees to take leave from work, with or without pay, to address legal or law enforcement needs and obtain medical, mental health and social services assistance related to sexual violence. HR administers this Domestic Violence Leave.

Off-Campus Resources

DVSAS (Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services)

1407 Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
24-hour helpline (360) 715-1563 or (877) 715-1563.

DVSAS offers free and confidential services, including a 24-hour helpline seven days a week, walk-in services weekdays from 9am to 5pm, support groups, emergency shelter, and legal, medical and social services advocacy. The DVSAS website, www.dvsas.org, lists many community resources for survivors.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center

2901 Squalicum Pkwy
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 734-5400

The hospital’s services include providing treatment for injuries and sexually transmitted infections. The hospital provides rape kit assessments with a sexual assault nurse examiner. An advocate for sexual assault survivors is called whenever a patient reports being sexually assaulted and the patient decides whether to have the advocate accompany them through the exam process. Seeking medical treatment can preserve evidence.

Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-562-6025. Available 7 days a week, 8 am to 5 pm.

The Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline is a confidential resource and referral line. Trained advocates are available to assist with advocacy, emergency/crisis assistance, emotional support and safety planning. They can also help find domestic violence resources available in your specific area, such as safe shelter for victims and children, counseling and advocacy programs, legal advocacy and referral.

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN provides the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at www.rainn.org. The organization provides many resources about sexual violence, including resources about how to help a loved one who has experienced sexual violence.