Support

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are a variety of support options available to you and it’s your right to choose which ones you wish to access.

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Scroll down for a list of support services both at Goldsmiths and beyond.

How to navigate university as a survivor of sexual violence?

If you've experienced sexual violence recently or a long time ago, studying can have its own challenges for survivors, and it's never too late to get support. In this video, Amelia chats with Silke about how trauma can affect you at uni, what can help, and how to get support:

 

How can you support someone who has experienced sexual violence?

In this video Amelia chats with Silke from the Not The Only One Project about how you can support someone who has experienced sexual violence. 

Support Services at Goldsmiths

As members of the Goldsmiths community, all these support options are available to you whether or not you choose to report either to Goldsmiths or to the Police. These options are also available even if the perpetrator is not a member of the College community. 

Wellbeing Advisers— open website in new tab.

Goldsmiths Wellbeing Advisers are highly trained in receiving disclosures in relation to sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence and/or sexual misconduct and Consent. They are available for advice and guidance on further support options and for ongoing wellbeing support for all students. Appointments can be booked through the Student Wellbeing Service by emailing wellbeing@gold.ac.uk.

Students’ Union Advice Team— open website in new tab.

The SU Advice Service offers independent advice on the following matters: the university complaints process; academic result appeals; academic progress committee appeals; student conduct matters and academic issues. The Advice Team are also trained to assist with sensitive discussions about the impact of sexual violence. They can be contacted by completing this form.

Campus Support Officers— open website in a new tab.

For those living on campus this year, this staff team works out of hours as a first point of contact for absolutely anything, seven days a week 6pm to 6am. They are based in Loring Management Centre (Accommodation Office/Security), in St James. You can contact them by calling 020 7919 7284 or by emailing campus-support@gold.ac.uk.

Report & Support— open website in a new tab.

Report & Support is an online tool run by the College that all students, staff, and visitors to our campus can use to report incidences of sexual violence. Reports can be about an individual, a group of people, or campus cultures and they can also be about incidents that occurred both on- or off-campus. Reporting is really important because it shows us what sexual violence looks like in our Community and informs our work to eradicate it. 

If you are considering reporting through this online tool, bear in mind that:

  • If you report anonymously and name a perpetrator, the perpetrator can be notified.
  • If you report with contact details and name a perpetrator, the perpetrator can be notified and read your statement later on in the process.

There’s more information about the notification process in the Goldsmiths Policy on Sexual Violence. If you do have questions about the reporting process, we recommend that you seek out support from Wellbeing, SU Advice, or Campus Support Officers first as they can help get you make an informed decision about whether reporting through Report & Support is right for you.

Support Services Beyond Goldsmiths

Asian Women’s Resource Centre— open website in a new tab.

The AWRC supports women against gender-based violence. Our services include the professional provision of advice, information to survivors of domestic abuse, to support in securing safe housing, advocacy and interpreters, access to counselling and legal advice. We provide support services in the following languages: Bengali, Guajarati, Hindi, Hinko, Konkani, Marathi, Pashto, Patwari, Punjabi, Urdu, Farsi, Portuguese, Italian, Kurdish, Turkish & Azerbaijan. Our service ensures cultural sensitivity, confidentiality and listening time in a safe, non-judgemental environment. We have an open door policy to all women in need, from all ethnicity and backgrounds.

Chinese Information and Advice Centre— open website in a new tab.

CIAC offers free information, advice and support to disadvantaged Chinese people living in the United Kingdom whose accessibility to mainstream services are often limited by language and/or cultural barriers. We are a part of a multilingual consortium called ASCENT providing linguistic and culturally sensitive services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence and abuse. Our services include support to women and families in distress; advice and support to victims of domestic violence; and advice on issues related to housing, legal protection, welfare benefits and children.

Galop— open website in a new tab.

We support people from all LGBT+ communities who are experiencing hate crime, domestic abuse or sexual violence.

Jewish Women’s Aid— open website in a new tab.

JWA supports women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse, with short-term and long-term support. Our range of domestic abuse services includes immediate practical and emotional support, counselling, children's therapy and support groups.

Latin American Women’s Rights Service— open website in a new tab.

We support the immediate and long term needs of Latin American women migrants in the UK through specialist advice, advocacy, information and counselling services in a personalised, confidential and impartial manner. All our services are free, held in Spanish and Portuguese and in women-only settings.

National Centre for Domestic Violence— open website in a new tab.

Our service is targeted at the rapid relief of domestic violence and abuse. The NCDV aim to help you make an application for an emergency injunction (non-molestation order) within 24 hours from when we contact you. The majority of cases referred to us will result in speedy action in the civil courts, but we are also able to advise on those services providing alternative refuge accommodation and on legal protection for children caught up in abusive or failing relationships.

Rape Crisis South London— open website in a new tab.

We run a woman-only service, both for clients and staff, in response to the needs of our service users and the disproportionate nature of sexual violence as committed by men against women and girls.

Respond— open website in a new tab.

Respond supports people with learning disabilities, autism or both who have experienced violence, abuse or trauma.

Revenge Porn Helpline— open website in a new tab.

The Revenge Porn Helpline supports adult victims of intimate image abuse who live in the UK. We provide advice, guidance and support with helpling to remove intimate content which has been non-consensually shared online.

Samaritans— open website in a new tab.

If you need someone to talk to, we listen. We won't judge or tell you what to do.

Sistah Space— open website in a new tab.

We work with African heritage women & girls who've experienced domestic or sexual abuse or who have lost a loved one to domestic violence. We provide advice and support as well as practical help by providing hygiene products such as sanitary pads, panties, bras, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps and other essential items (much of which have been donated by the local community).

Southhall Black Sisters— open website in a new tab.

We run an advice, advocacy and resource centre in West London which provides a comprehensive service to women experiencing violence and abuse and other forms of inequality. We offer specialist advice, information, casework, advocacy, counselling and self-help support services in several community languages, especially South Asian languages. Whilst our focus is on the needs of black and minority women, we will not turn any woman away who needs emergency help.

Survivors UK— open website in a new tab.

We are here to help sexually abused men as well as their friends and family, no matter when the abuse happened, and challenge the silence and attitudes.

The Havens— open website in a new tab.

The Havens are specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Victim Support— open website in a new tab.

If you’ve been affected by crime, we can give you the support you need to move forward. Our services are free, confidential and available to anyone in England and Wales, regardless of whether the crime has been reported or how long ago it happened.

Women and Girls’ Network— open website in a new tab.

We are a free service run by women, for women in London who have been affected by all forms of violence and abuse.