Student and Staff Wellbeing

Sexual Violence Survivor Support

Sexual Violence Survivor Support

All members of our University community should behave respectfully and we all have responsibility for creating and sustaining a safe, supportive environment. Newcastle University never tolerates sexually abusive behaviours or attitudes.

If you or a Newcastle University student you know is a survivor of sexual violence, Newcastle University will support you. We recognise that sexual violence is a power-based crime and that you are never to blame. We will always support you in ways which respect your right to personal autonomy. As such, all of our support and reporting process are survivor led.

There are a number of support and reporting options you may wish to consider and these are outlined below. If you are unsure which option/s to choose you can talk these options through with an SVLO or you can call The National Rape Crisis helpline on 0808 802 9999.

SVLOs

Sexual Violence Liaison Officers

The University is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment and to improving the quality of student experience. 

Newcastle University endeavours to respond swiftly to all concerns of sexual violence and provides a qualified team of Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLOs) who are here to help students if they have experienced sexual harassment and/or violence since coming to Newcastle University.

What is a Sexual Violence Liaison Officer?

Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLOs) are members of staff specially trained to provide students with private, sensitive support; their work is always in confidence unless they believe someone is in danger.

How do SVLOs support students?

First and foremost SVLOs will listen.

They will provide a safe and private space where students can discuss their experience and its impact.

They will also help to establish the reporting, protection and care options available from the university and external organisations and will support the student’s decisions.

The appointed SVLO can liaise with external organisations and other University staff where required and will provide ongoing 'wrap around' care and support.

How do students contact a SVLO?

To get in touch with a SVLO please visit https://reportandsupport.ncl.ac.uk/

Some basic information will be requested so that we can assign the most appropriate SVLO to support the student.  We aim to respond within two working days.

There is also the option for anyone to report an incident of sexual harassment and/or sexual violence on behalf of a student anonymously using the same website.  

Further support

  • In the event of an emergency please contact the police on 999
  • For non-emergency situations contact the police on 111
  • You can contact the University’s Security Service on 0191 208 6817

REACH, Newcastle - provides 24 hour crisis intervention and support for anyone who has experienced a sexual offence, regardless of when the offence occurred or whether the incident was reported to the police or not. Tel: 03333448283.

Survivors UK - support and help for male survivors of sexual violence including counselling and therapy appointments as well as online chat. Tel: 02035983898

Rape Crisis - Rape Crisis England & Wales (RCEW) supports the work of Rape Crisis Centres across England and Wales and can link you with your local Sexual Violence support service.

NHS - Provide health information to anyone who has experience sexual violence

SARC - Sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) offer medical, practical and emotional support. They have specially trained doctors, nurses and support workers to care for you.

As a member of the university community, if you are supporting a survivor of sexual violence and or harassment it is important that you take care of yourself.

Support for you is available via the services detailed below:

  • Post Graduate Research students and Post Graduate Taught students can receive support from our 24/7 PG Support Service. Tel: 0800 030 5182
  • All students can receive support from the University Counselling services. Tel: 0191 208 3333
  • Staff can access help via the Employee Assistance Programme. Tel: 0800 030 5182

Immediate Safety

Your personal safety must be the number one priority.

If you are not safe and it is an emergency please call the police on 999.

If it is not an emergency, alert our Security Team to your safety concerns. They can work with you to ensure your physical safety Tel: 0191 208 6817 or 0191 208 6666

 

Reporting

Remember the choice is yours, no one should pressure you into a reporting decision.

If you wish to report a crime of sexual violence you can call the police on 101 or contact our Campus Police Officer:

  • Contact PC 8964 Mick Miller
  • Email PC Miller at michael.miller.8964@northumbria.pnn.police.uk
  • Telephone the Northumbria Police switchboard 101 for non-emergencies and 999 for emergencies


Mick also holds Student Drop-in sessions twice a week during term time. These take place at:

• Student Union - Level 0 in the Student Advice Centre, Tuesday 12:00-14:00 

King's Gate - Level 2, Thursday 12:00-14:00

The police will investigate the crime and ensure that you are safeguarded. They will also link you to the appropriate local and national support services.

You can report a sexual crime to the University using the Crime Incident Report form. This system is managed by our Security staff, who will liaise with the relevant student services teams so that you can be offered further support should you need it. The University's Security team is experienced in responding to serious crimes and when necessary, liaising with the police and emergency services.

If you've been assaulted by any member of the University community, you can report this to our Student Progress team, who will follow our Student Disciplinary Procedure and protocols and investigate the allegation. During this process you will always be linked to University Health and Wellbeing Services to ensure that you are supported emotionally.

If you want to report your experience to your Student Union, you can complete the It happens here, report it form; anonymity is an option when completing the form. The Student Union will provide you with the details of appropriate support services available to you.

Support

Where to find local and national support.


Victims First Northumbria
 provides confidential help and support to cope and recover from the impact of crime. 
Telephone: 0800 011 3116

REACH is our local Sexual Assault Referral Centre, staff offer confidential support whether or not you wish to report an assault to the police. 
Telephone: 0191 221 9222

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is a charity which provides free confidential support, information and counselling to women who have experienced sexual violence. They are completely independent of the criminal justice system including the police.
Telephone: 0191 222 0272

Victim Support is an independent charity, who work to support people affected by crime or traumatic events. They provide help to ensure people feel safer and find strength to move beyond crime. Their support is free, confidential and can be tailored to your needs.
Telephone: 0808 168 9111

Our accommodation team can also support you, especially if your living arrangements mean you are unsafe. Please contact them on 0191 208 3333.

If you are concerned about your own behaviour or that sexual violence has been or may be perpetrated against one of our students, you can contact The University’s Wellbeing Consultancy Team, who will help to take any and all necessary safeguarding steps Tel: 0191 208 3333.