This section contains valuable information for all students and staff who may be experiencing or affected by abuse within a relationship.
Domestic abuse takes place within relationships or families where one person bullies or controls another. Abuse can affect people across society regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, wealth and geography.
Abuse may take many forms: stalking, sexual assault, rape, harassment, physical assault, emotional abuse such as being prevented from seeing your friends and financial factors such as not having sufficient control over your money.
Are you or do you know someone in a relationship like this? Do you feel you don't know where to go for help? Don't worry, there is help available. If you're in danger, you should always call the police but other ssources of support are listed below.
Support in an emergency situation
On campus - If you live on campus and are faced with an emergency situation you should contact Security on 0115 951 8888. They will take any action necessary including contacting the police.
Off campus - If you do not live on campus you should contact the police directly - Telephone 999.
Are you man enough to say NO to domestic violence?
If you want to 'call time' on domestic abuse towards women and girls, make a pledge with the 'White Ribbon Campaign' and show that you are man enough - to say No to domestic abuse.
In doing this, you will stand shoulder to shoulder with prominent sportsmen, local celebrities, industry leaders, and thousands of other men around the world, who are strongly opposed to abuse against women and girls.
One in four women are affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime and each week at least two women are killed by their partner or an ex-partner. It is hoped that this pledge will raise awareness of domestic abuse, the effect it has on women and girls and help to reduce these statistics. To sign the pledge, visit the White Ribbon website.
The University Counselling Service
The University’s counselling service is free for staff and students who may be experiencing difficulties, including relationship problems. If you want to talk to a counsellor contact the service on 0115 951 3695 (working hours).
Students' Union Advice Centre
The Student Advice Team, as part of the Students' Union, offer a confidential service available to all University of Nottingham students. The service is free, confidential, impartial, independent and works to a code of practice.
Nightline (student-run service)
Nightline is a student-run, anonymous listening and information service available from 7pm-8am every night (term time) on 0115 951 4985. Or you can email Nightline anonymously (your email address won't be seen by the receiver).
You may want to discuss your concerns with a University chaplain (many faiths are represented) and they can be contacted on 0115 9513931.
University Dignity Policy
The University has a Dignity Policy which relates to all staff and students. It states that harassment or bullying of one member of its community by another will not be tolerated. It is supported by a network of Dignity Advisors with whom you should make contact should you wish to the invoke the policy.
University Code of Discipline
All students sign up to the University’s Code of Discipline and the code makes it clear that certain behaviours and actions will be investigated by the University. This includes violent, indecent, disorderly, threatening or offensive behaviour and if proven a student could be suspended from the University. Hall Wardens are empowered to deal with issues under the Code as is the Off-Campus Student Affairs Manager (Melanie Futer 0115 95 14649) and the Head of Security (Gary Stevens 0115 951 3597).
Regional and national support
- Equation is a charity that provides a central reference and resource point on domestic violence and contains lots of relevant information that you might find helpful.
- Nottingham Rape Crisis supports women and men who have suffered any form of sexual violence. They have a help-line (0115 941 0440: not 24 hours- see website for staffing hours) and they also offer face to face counselling).
- Broken Rainbow works to relieve the distress and suffering caused to lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender people by domestic violence and abuse. They operate a help-line (0300 999 5428: not 24 hours - see website for details of staffing hours).
- Hidden Marks is a site specifically for students experiencing problems in relationships and contains information and advice about how to deal with particular situations.
- Respect is a website for people who are concerned about their abusive or violent behaviour towards their partners. They help direct people to programmes that support people to change their aggressive behaviours.
- Topaz Centre is the Nottinghamshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (0845 600 1588).
- Victim Support offers emotional and practical support to individuals and families who have been victims of crime (0845 450 3899).
- WAIS (Women's Aid Integrated Services) offers help for any woman experiencing domestic abuse. If you would like to to talk to someone in confidence, call the free 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 0340. WAIS offer a listening ear and practical support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They can also arrange emergency accommodation and refuge./ type talk text and phone for supporting women who have experienced domestic abuse.