Domestic Abuse – Staying Safe

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If you feel unsafe in your relationship or are worried that someone you know is being harmed by a partner or family member, even if you are unable to leave your home at the moment, you can still access support.

Safe Lives have developed detailed guidance for victims and survivors on how to stay safe during this time.

University Support

Specialist Support

You can access specialist advice through Report and Support. The support is confidential and led by your needs and there is also the option of reporting concerns or incidents anonymously.

The Counselling & Mental Health Service

The Counselling & Mental Health Service offer a range of services including support groups and workshops, self-help resources and individual counselling. Get in touch by emailing

Useful Helplines

  • Men’s Advice Line, a confidential helpline, email and web chat service for male victims of domestic abuse- 0808 801 0327
  • Respect Phone-line, a confidential helpline for perpetrators, victims and families affected by domestic abuse- 0808 802 4040, 
  • Karma Nirvana, UK Helpline for ‘honour’-based abuse and forced marriage: 0800 5999 247

Immediate Safety

If you are worried about your immediate safety call the police on 999 now.

Make yourself heard: What to do if you need to call 999, but it’s not safe to talk.

  • Listen to the questions from the 999 operator
  • Respond by coughing or tapping on the handset if you can
  • When prompted press 55.

This lets the 999 call operator know it’s a genuine emergency and will put you though to the police.

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