Read our top tips for staying safe in your accommodation and in Bristol.
There are many different forms of abuse that a person can be subjected to but there are experienced people who can help survivors of abuse through difficult times.
Victims of abuse need not feel that they are alone and that they should have to cope by themselves.
Do not suffer in silence - There is always help available.
Some local organisations who deal with people who have been affected by rape and sexual assault include:
The Samaritans are a national organisation and they can be contacted on 116 123
Cybersmile is a multi award-winning cyberbullying charity committed to tackling all forms of online bullying and hate campaigns. Founded in 2010, the charity began in response to the increasing number of cyberbullying related incidents of depression, eating disorders, social isolation, self-harm and suicides devastating lives around the world.
If you are being affected by issues such as cyberbullying, sexting or online harassment, get in touch with Cybersmile for guidance and support.
Helpline number: 0800 783 1113
If you feel you have been harassed within the University environment, please contact the Students' Union Advice Centre. We will be able to direct you to the correct UWE procedure, help you write letters and accompany you to meetings with UWE.
It is vital that you contact someone with the power to prevent it happening again, either to yourself or to another student, whether that's the police or a member of staff within the University.
If you are harassed outside the University, the Students' Union Advice Centre can offer help and information about taking action.
Further help & support:
UWE's online tool has been developed for UWE Bristol students to get help if you've experienced something on campus or on university business that makes you feel upset or uncomfortable.
With Report and Support, you can choose to speak with one of UWE's trained advisers so they can discretely investigate incidents, or you can report issues anonymously.
The Students' Union and the University both have an Equal Opportunities Policy and take any racial attack or racial discrimination very seriously.
If you have suffered any racially motivated attack, abuse or harassment, contact the Advice Centre to discuss what has happened. Alternatively, you can contact the police.
The Advice Centre will be able to guide you through the procedure for reporting discrimination at UWE. We can help you write letters and ensure you are supported at any meeting you may have with the University. For further information contact:
Rape and sexual abuse are traumatic crimes that can range from violent sexual assault to having ‘problems with consent’ and someone who experiences them may have feelings of self-blame, shame and being violated in the most personal and intimate way. People are affected in many ways and can suffer great distress. Many are overwhelmed and confused by painful feelings. Make sure you talk to someone, whether that be for practical advice, support or just to have someone to talk to who understands how you may feel.
If you would like to report a rape or sexual assault to the police, the following are advisable but don’t worry if you have already done some of these:
Even if the attack happened a long time ago it can still be important to report it.
This UWE service can support you if you’ve experienced sexual trauma of any kind, either recently or in the past.
The first thing to remember – if something sexual has been done to you without your consent, it is sexual violence – and it is not your fault. You are not to blame for any sexual harassment or violence you were subjected to.
Whatever you are feeling right now, it is normal. There is no right or wrong way to feel or respond.
UWE Bristol's Anti-Sexual Violence Service provides a non-judgemental, inclusive and confidential safe space for you to seek support if you have experienced sexual trauma of any kind, even if you don’t want to report something.
It’s an appointment-based service offering face-to-face, telephone or video call appointments from every campus.
We offer six sessions to students who have had a recent experience of sexual trauma and three sessions to students who have had a non-recent experience.
For more information, including how to refer to the service, please click here.
In emergencies please always call 999 and if you need to speak to someone at the University you can call the 24/7 Student Support and Triage Team via the Serious Concerns Line on +44 (0)117 32 84000 any time (day or night).
For further information relating to abuse and rape:
For further information about different types of violence and abuse, and the support services available to you, please see: www.bava.org.uk
Staying safe and looking out for your friends is really important.
Here are a few basic tips for when you're out and about: