If you have experienced sexualized violence, there are support resources available to you, both on and off campus.
Speak to someone you trust
You do not have to face sexualized violence alone. Consider talking to a friend, family member, Elder, co-worker or someone else you trust. It’s okay to let people know what you need.
Seek medical care
If you have been sexually assaulted, seek immediate care at your local hospital.
East Kootenay Regional Hospital – Cranbrook
Regional Campus Hospitals
Creston Valley Hospital
Elk Valley Hospital
Golden & District Hospital
Invermere & District Hospital
Options for Sexual Health
Provides low-cost contraception, STI care, pap screening, pregnancy testing and pregnancy options.
Cranbrook Drop-in Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm. 209 – 16th Avenue N, Cranbrook
Provides confidential health information and advice. Specially trained nurses answer questions about health topics and procedures, identify symptoms, and help you decide when to see a health professional. Pharmacists are available to answer your questions about medications from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm daily.
Seek counselling or emotional support
College of the Rockies Counselling and Wellness Services
Provides free one-on-one counselling to support students who have been sexually assaulted and/or impacted by sexual abuse and other forms of sexualized violence.
Employee and Family Assistance Program
College of the Rockies employees can access the Employee and Family Assistance Program.
Community Based Victim Services (Cranbrook and Kimberley)
Offers specialized support to individuals who have experienced intimate partner violence, sexualized assault/abuse, criminal harassment/stalking, or witnessed sexualized or family violence. CBVS provides access to information, reporting options, referrals, court support and accompaniment, and practical assistance in navigating the criminal justice system. RCMP involvement is not a requirement of this program. No age or gender restrictions for access to this program.
Phone: 250-489-3114 x 241
Stopping the Violence Counselling
Stopping the Violence Counselling (STV) is available to self-identified women who have experienced trauma resulting from intimate partner violence, sexualized assault/abuse, and/or childhood abuse. STV counselling is rooted in a feminist and trauma informed perspective. Individual and group counselling options are available. We work to meet women where they are at, using a strengths based, survivor led approach. You must be 19 or older to access this service.
Phone: 250-489-3114 x 249
Police-based Victim Services Program
This program is mandated to provide justice-related services 24/7, 365 days a year. These services include, but are not limited to crisis response, emotional and practical support, court support, information, and referrals to victims of all types of crime and serious trauma who may or may not have reported the crime to police.
If you choose to access police-based victim services, it is important to know that they are required to report the incident to the RCMP.
Ktunaxa Child and Family Counselling Services
Provides trauma counselling in the Cranbrook, Creston, Invermere, and Kimberley area.
Phone: 250- 489-4563
Crisis Line volunteers are available to listen, help problem solve, and have access to information on a number of mental health resources.
Phone: 1-888-353-CARE (2273) for College Region
Provides services in multiple languages.
Transition houses provide safe, temporary 24/7 staffed shelter with support services.
Kootenay Haven Transition House
Safe homes in the Region
Kootenai Community Centre
Elkford Women’s Task Force
Golden Women’s Centre
Invermere Family Dynamic Association
Write down what happened
Consider writing down what happened in as much detail as possible. Although you may find this to be a painful and emotional task, your written account can be extremely helpful if you decide to have the incident investigated and/or pursue criminal prosecution.
Take care of yourself
There is no right way or wrong way to heal. Everyone’s reaction to the experience and trauma of sexualized violence is unique. Be gentle with yourself and know that healing from sexualized violence can take time.
Consider using these resources to guide your self-care:
Parts of this section are adapted from University of Lethbridge Sexual Violence Support & Education.