Talk to someone

To speak to a trained Responder please complete our online form.  You will be asked for your contact information and a Responder will contact you by the end of the next working day to arrange an appointment, we will take into account your preferences of either a face to face, virtual (Zoom) or telephone appointment. Prior to the appointment you will be sent further information about what to expect. 

During the appointment, the Responder will be able to provide information about all of the options available to you. The focus of this appointment will be guided by you, taken at your pace and empowering you to decide your next steps. This could include, safety planning, practical support, onward referrals to specialist agencies, mental health and wellbeing support, academic support and formal reporting options.

During your appointment you will have the opportunity to talk through what has happened in as much, or as little, detail as you wish. The decision to share your story is a personal choice, you do not have to explain what has happened in order to seek support. 

If you have sought support from another member of staff at the University they can submit a online form on your behalf to request an appointment with a Responder: this may be your Wellbeing Officer, Personal Academic Tutor, Guild of Students member of staff, or staff within Student Accommodation or Security. They will make sure they have your permission before they submit any personal information on your behalf.

Disclaimer: this video was recorded pre-COVID-19 therefore some changes have been made to the way we conduct appointments

 

Confidentiality

We understand that confidentiality and privacy is important and if you choose to speak to a Responder we will aim to offer a confidential service. However, with all confidential services, there are some limits to the confidentiality that can be guaranteed. It may be necessary to share information about you in order to protect you or other people from risk or serious harm.  We will always ask for your consent in situations where there is no immediate concern to your safety or the safety of others. In some cases sharing information with other agencies will allow us to respond more effectively and provide the best possible level of care.  To find out how we will use and store any personal data you share with us, in compliance with GDPR, please read our privacy statements.

If you want to contact a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

Horizon SARC is an organisation that provides support and advice to people who have experienced rape or sexual assault. They have a team of specially trained and dedicated crisis workers who understand how difficult it can be to talk about the impact of rape and sexual assault. Horizon can offer you help regardless of whether or not you want to report what has happened to the Police.

You can call Horizon on 0800 970 0375.

Even if you are not currently thinking about reporting to the police, Horizon SARC can offer the option to store forensic evidence, which could later be used in an investigation. If you wish, they can keep DNA results on record and let you know if there is a match with other reported assaults, still with no obligation on you to report. 

With your consent, staff from SARC can share details of the incident, such as location of assault and a description of perpetrator, with the police. This can be done anonymously or with your details, but no action will be taken without your full, prior consent. Sharing of this sort of information can help the police to identify trends in assault and may help prevent future incidents.

To find out more about the services SARC’s offer and how they can help, you can watch the NHS video, 'Turn to us, we are here':

Turn to us, we are here | Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) | NHS

 

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