Help at IU Northwest

Find help at IU Northwest

If you, or someone you know, has experienced or witnessed sexual misconduct, it is important to get help as soon as possible. Remember, it is never the fault of the person who experiences any form of sexual misconduct, and it is never OK.

The Northwest campus and community has resources to help and support you or anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct. We can help you get immediate medical services, report the incident, find support, and learn about IU’s policies.

How to get medical help

We understand that seeking help when you have experienced sexual misconduct can seem frightening and overwhelming. You might not even be sure what you want to do. That’s okay. You are still encouraged to seek medical help as soon as possible to check for injuries and collect evidence in case you do decide to pursue prosecution. There are several options to find medical care.

IU Campus Health and Wellness Center

You can count on the IU Northwest Campus Health and Wellness Center to help you after sexual assault, domestic violence, and dating violence. Services offered include injury treatment, emergency contraceptive information, and sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment. Services are available to IU Northwest students, staff, and faculty.

The center is located in the Dunes Medical/Professional Building, Room 1027 and is open during the following hours.

Monday 7:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Thursday 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

For help or to make an appointment, call 219-980-7250.

Local hospitals

The emergency departments at both Methodist Hospital locations are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can get a free medical exam after sexual violence where specially trained nurses will check for infection and injury and collect evidence, in case you decide to report the incident to the police.

Address: 600 Grant Street, Gary

Phone: 219-886-4000

Address: 8701 Broadway, Merrillville

Phone: 219-738-5500

Resources for victims of domestic violence

These organizations offer 24-hour services and support for victims of domestic violence.

Gary Commission for Women/The Rainbow Shelter
Gary, IN

Haven House
Hammond, IN

St. Jude House
12490 Marshall Street
Crown Point, IN

The Stepping Stone
Michigan City, IN

Help with interim measures

If in your day-to-day life you are unable to avoid continued contact with the person who hurt you, you can request a change in academic, transportation, and/or work situations. Your request will be reviewed by the appropriate people and may be granted if it is reasonable, even if you haven’t reported the incident.

For help with living arrangements and schedule changes:

  • Dean of Students: 219-981-5660
  • Office of Affirmative Action: 219-980-6705

Other advocate services may be available.

Legal resources

Legal Services

Legal assistance and representation information can be obtained by contacting the Lake County Bar Association. For help, call 219-738-1905.

Protection Orders

If you need to file a Petition for an Order of Protection, you can do so at the Lake County Clerk’s Office.

Lake County Clerk’s Office
2293 North Main Street, Courts Building 1st Floor
Crown Point, IN 46307


Indiana University strives to uphold privacy and confidentiality as much as possible, and only shares information with those who have a need to know in order to respond. Individuals who desire anonymity in discussing and seeking assistance about sexual misconduct should contact and/or be referred to a confidential employee on their campus.