VPR continues to be available to the MIT community remotely.

  • VPR advocacy services: email vpradvocate@mit.edu to make an appointment.
  • VPR hotline: call 617-253-2300 to connect with VPR staff Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST 
  • VPR prevention and education: email vpreducation@mit.edu.

If you are unable to speak safely in your current situation, scheduled VPR advocacy appointments can be text- or chat-based. 

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Welcome to VPR

Violence Prevention and Response

Violence Prevention & Response


While MIT is operating remotely due to COVID-19, Violence Prevention and Response is committed to continuing to support the MIT community. Advocacy services are available to students (and partners or spouses of students) regardless of where you are in the world. We are available to answer questions, discuss concerns, and provide referrals to anyone in the MIT community. Call 617-253-2300 or email vpradvocate@mit.edu.

As we continue to work remotely, the VPR hotline will continue to be covered by staff Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm Eastern Standard Time. Calls outside of that timeframe will reach a menu containing options to be connected with other MIT and community-based resources, including MIT Student Mental Health & Counseling Services, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. After hours callers also have the option of leaving a message for VPR to return the next business day.

Violence Prevention and Response (VPR) is MIT’s primary on-campus resource for preventing and responding to interpersonal violence including sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Our prevention specialists work with the entire campus to educate and raise awareness. Our hotline is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST to support survivors in deciding what to do next.

What we do:
Violence Prevention & Response helps members of the MIT community prevent and respond to:

  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Sexual harassment
  • Dating and domestic violence
  • Stalking
  • Unhealthy relationships

When we can help:

  • If you’re dealing with something that happened on campus or off campus
  • If you’re dealing with something that happened before you came to MIT or during your time here
  • Whether you’re seeking support for yourself or need help providing support for a friend

 How we can help:

  • Think about your options
  • Find emotional support
  • Obtain medical and legal assistance
  • Access counseling services on or off campus
  • Navigate campus procedures, including housing, academic help, and the campus judicial process


All our services are free and confidential.