If you think you have, or someone you know has, been sexually assaulted there is a variety of support options available to both students and staff.

For students

  • Your School. If you are a student, you can talk to your academic adviser who will advise on how you can be referred to the Counselling, Mental Health and Wellbeing team.
  • The <i> is the student information and support centre who provide all students with a high-quality information and support service. If your query is more specialist, they will help you as much as they can before referring you directly to the team who can help. Find them on the ground floor of the Library.
  • The Student Wellbeing Service can help students experiencing a range of difficulties that are affecting their mental health and wellbeing. They offer a confidential, professional service, ensuring that students receive personal support, recognising people as individuals, all with different needs.
  • UCLan Students' Union Advice and Representation Centre. This is a free, confidential, impartial service where students can get advice and information on academic and personal issues, including advice on procedures and representation at hearings.
  • Residences Team. If you are a student in Halls, each residence has a team of Residence Officers and Assistant Residences Officer. The team can provide you with assistance and support to make your time with us an enjoyable one.
  • Extenuating Circumstances. If you feel your studies have been affected by what has happened you can consider applying for extenuating circumstances.

For staff

  • Sexual Assault is never ok and is contrary to the Dignity at Work procedure. You might like to have a read of this to discover more about the procedure including some formal and informal actions that you can take.
  • Human Resource Contacts. If you are a member of staff or manager your HR partner will be able to identify the support that’s available for you.
  • Trade Unions. There are three trade unions that represent staff at the University: Unison, Unite and UCU.
  • Staff Network Groups. The University has a number of staff network groups which you can view on the staff Intranet through clicking the link. These groups provide a forum for staff to discuss issues of mutual interest and the ability to raise issues in a safe environment. They can help new staff settle in, provide networking opportunities across departments and increase staff knowledge of the University's activities.
  • Counselling. It’s important that you take care of yourself. The Staff Counselling Service offers a confidential, accessible counselling service to all its employees, in line with the University's mission statement and policies. If you are a member of staff, you can email the Staff Counselling service to request an appointment.

Other sources of support

  • Lancashire Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Centre provides forensic examinations, advice and comprehensive support services for women, men and children of all ages who make a complaint of rape or sexual assault.
  • Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs). The Safe Centre, Trust House and Lancashire Victim Services all have ISVAs who are trained to look after the needs of a survivor of rape or sexual violence to ensure they receive the best possible care and understanding. Contact them and ask to speak to an advisor in confidence. ISVAs are there to provide information to ensure an individual can make a decision that is right for them.
  • Galop is a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer people affected by sexual violence.
  • The National Stalking Helpline is run by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and can give you information and advice on support and options available to you. Call: 0808 802 0300.
  • MALE is an advice line for male victims of domestic abuse.
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