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Sexual Violence

The Student Health & Wellbeing Service - supporting students who have experienced sexual violence or harassment

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Northumbria’s SARC offer free, confidential healthcare and support to people that have experienced sexual violence, call their telephone 0300 233 0099 (open 24 hours a day, every day of the year) or email

Our Student Health & Wellbeing Service is here for students who have experienced any form of sexual violence or sexual harassment at any point of their lives. Seek support and advice on your options by clicking here:

You can complete this online contact form if you are a student or a staff member on behalf of a consenting student. The form will allow you the option to tell us about what has happened either anonymously or with your contact details attached.

If you are the subject of a report of sexual violence or harassment, you can seek advice on relevant support by clicking here to contact Student Health and Wellbeing Services as well as guidance through the Student Advice Centre and the Student Progress Service.

Helpful information

Sexual violence is a broad term used to describe any unwanted, unconsented, or coerced sexual behaviours. This can include rape, sexual assault, intimate image abuse, coercive control within an intimate relationship, child sexual abuse, and so called “honour-based” sexual violence. Sexual harassment can occur through any formats including in person or online.

We offer an inclusive, safe space providing support for students of any gender identity, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other identifying characteristic. We have a range of support available to all students and will seek the most appropriate support in line with your wishes. This could include referral to specific sexual violence therapy including through RCTN and our Male Sexual Violence Therapist. You can find out more about how we support male and non-binary students survivors of sexual violence in this sway document


Taking responsibility to ensure that you have consent is essential in all of our relationships, whether they are sexual or not. This animation explores the power imbalances that can be present in relationships, and the impact this has on a person’s ability to give consent.

Frequently asked questions

We understand that you may have reservations about speaking about a distressing or traumatic experience. So, we have put together frequently asked questions below to help you understand how our service works and what to expect.