Resources for Staff & Faculty
What are similar resources for staff or faculty?
Although Counseling & Consultation Service does not offer counseling services to staff or faculty, there are still services available to you through the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.
The University Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (UFSAP) is a confidential counseling service for OSU employees and their families experiencing some form of personal or work related distress that can interfere with work performance. All UFSAP counselors are independently licensed behavioral health professionals with years of experience and a commitment to the university community. Call (614) 292-4472for more information.
You are also eligible for fee-based services for individual, child, couples and family counseling at the Couples & Family Clinic.
What if I am in an abusive relationship?
If you are fearful for your own safety or that of your children, call 911. The police can help you get to a safe place.
- Remember that no one deserves to be abused. If this is happening to you, in spite of what your abuser has told you, it is not your fault. You are not alone, and there are people who care about you.
- Reach out. The best thing you can do is reach out to trusted friends, family members, neighbors, clergy, doctors and/or co-workers to let them know what is going on.
- Make a safety plan by putting aside cash, important documents (e.g., Social Security cards, birth certificates, insurance policies), spare keys, medication, and a change of clothing that you can readily access in a crisis situation.
- Explore your options. We are fortunate in Columbus to have access to many resources for survivors of family violence and relationship abuse. CHOICES is a 24/7 crisis/shelter for victims of family violence, (614) 224-4663 with an unlisted address. If you are reluctant to leave without taking your pet somewhere safe first, there are resources in the Columbus community that will take your pet while you get re-settled. Contact Capital Area Humane Society's SAFE HAVEN for Pets Coordinator: (614) 315-0102
Also, the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence lists numerous national, statewide and local resources
How to Help Others
- Plan what you want to say, determine a good time and place to talk.
- Ask questions like “How can I help you? What do you want to do about the situation?” Listen without judgment.
- Do not moralize or criticize. Give the victim plenty of time to answer.
- Don’t say “Just get out” – it is not safe advice.
- Let the victim know that you believe that verbal, emotional or physical abuse in a relationship is never acceptable.
- Provide the victim with information about local resources that can help.
How to Help a Child Who Is Being Abused
Report your suspicions of child abuse. All calls are confidential. Franklin County Children Services: (614) 229-7000
How to Help a Senior Citizen Who Is Being Abused
Report your suspicions of elder abuse or neglect. All calls are confidential. Adult Protective Services: (614) 462-4356
How to Help Someone Who Is Being Abusive
Refer him/her to one of these Batterer's Intervention Programs:
- Africentric Personal Development Shop, Inc. (614) 253-4448
- Crossroads – Solutions to Domestic Violence (614) 445-0352
- Lutheran Social Services – (DOVE) (614) 228-5200
- Mt. Carmel Commitment to Non-Violence (614) 234-2939
- Southeast, Inc (614) 225-0980