Relationship abuse is contrary to the University’s Dignity at Work and Study Policy.
If someone tells you that they are suffering domestic abuse:
Listen: just taking the time to listen to someone and talk about what has happened can help. These six active listening tips might help you support them.
- If they have been physically harmed, offer to accompany them to a hospital or GP.
- Help them to plan safe strategies for leaving an abusive relationship – Women’s Aid have created a Survivors Handbook.
- Help them report the abuse to the police if they choose to.
- Provide information on organisations that offer help for people experiencing domestic abuse.
- Support them to visit a solicitor if they are ready to take this step.
- Offer the use of your address and/or telephone number to leave information and messages, and to look after an emergency bag for them.
University of Surrey Students Union (USSU) can talk students through what options are available and support you through the process. This support includes attending any meetings with the University.
Trade unions are organised groups of workers who come together to support each other in the workplace. The University of Surrey recognises three campus trade unions: Unison, UCU and Unite.
Report and Support: students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. They can choose to do this anonymously or request support from a member of staff. The University takes every report seriously and carefully considers what action to take.
Report a Wellbeing Concern is a quick and easy way to let us know about a concern that you have for a University of Surrey student. It can be completed by anyone including other students, family, friends and staff.
Find out what support is available if you are experiencing domestic abuse
Mental Health and Wellbeing
1 in 4 people are affected by a mental health problem in any year and it is estimated that around 1 in 5 people have contemplated suicide or self-harm.
If you are worried or concerned find out more about how you can help them.
Take care of yourself: it’s important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, the University's Centre for Wellbeing offers confidential help and is open to both students and staff.