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Sexual & gender based violence can affect people in different ways, including negatively impacting a person’s well-being, mental health, and academic success. Our mission is to provide no cost, confidential, affirming and empowering mental health support for survivors of all backgrounds and identities. The ARISE program is committed to supporting our Bearcats community by providing equal access to education and reducing disparities in access to support. 


A CAPS therapist will work with you one-on-one to develop a plan for mental health support that best fits your needs. ARISE confidential mental health services can include:

  • Biweekly individual psychotherapy
  • Weekly trauma focused group therapy for survivors of sexual violence
  • Access to online self-help resources about coping with difficult emotions and experiences
  • 24/7 free confidential crisis phone line services: (513) 556-0648
  • Walk-in crisis counseling M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Connection to appropriate resources for education, advocacy, legal services, medical services, academic and housing accommodations.
  • Referral support if connection to a higher level of treatment or psychiatry services are needed. 

Getting Started

Call (513) 556-0648 during our business hours (M-F 8:00 AM-5:00 PM) to schedule a consultation with a CAPS clinician and ask about ARISE. During this consultation, your clinician will talk with you about your options and can help you decide if the ARISE program fits your current needs. Please let our staff know if you are in need of immediate support or are in crisis when scheduling your first appointment. 

Other Resources


  • UC Campus Advocates - Provides free confidential support and advocacy services including accompaniment and/or assistance in navigating any campus reporting.
  • Legal Aid - Provides free and confidential representation to victims of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault and human trafficking.
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners – Confidential registered nurses who provide forensic evidence collection at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. 

Not Confidential

  • Ofifice of Gender Equity and Inclusion  (OGEI, Formerly Title IX)– Coordinates the university's response to incidents of sexual misconduct on campus and provides supportive measures for students filing a report with the University of Cincinnati. Cannot provide confidentiality.
  • Crime Victim Service Coordinator - Provides free support and advocacy services including accompaniment and/or assistance in navigating any campus reporting, OGEI, judicial affairs or police process. Cannot provide confidentiality.
  • UC SAFE - Learn more about these and other resources for survivors.

Outreach & Education

Recognizing that sexual violence prevention is a community responsibility, CAPS provides outreach services and coordinates with the Student Wellness Center to support prevention-based education to the UC campus.

The Student Wellness Center provides prevention based education on the topic of consent, bystander intervention, or supporting a friend impacted by sexual violence.

To request CAPS’s support presence at an event or trauma-informed response programming, please contact the CAPS outreach coordinator at (513) 556-0648.

Contact Information

Please feel free consult with CAPS ARISE Coordinator Betsy Lehman, PhD at (513) 556-0648 with any concerns or questions related to the ARISE Program.