Support in an emergency


If you are in immediate danger or if you know of someone in immediate danger call 999. When calling 999 there is an option for silent support if talking would put you in danger, dial 55. If possible, try and find somewhere you feel safe. 

 On campus 
If you feel unsafe or need help, call security on 0114 225 8888.
 
Off campus
A number of pubs and bars in Sheffield are part of the Ask Angela Campaign
If you need to get home or somewhere else safely, use the Safe Taxi Scheme
 
Seeking medical care
If there are any life or health threatening conditions go to Accident and Emergency. Call 999 and request an ambulance. 

If you have experienced sexual violence, even if there are no obvious injuries or you don’t want to report an assault to the police, it is important to seek medical attention if the assault just happened. You can access your local Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). In Sheffield is Hackenthorpe Lodge. Alternatively if you want to speak to a medical professional and you are registered with the Student Health Centre you can book an appointment on 0114 225 2134. Otherwise, you can contact GP at the practice where you are registered. 

Reporting 
You are under no obligation to report to the Police but if you choose to do so you can contact 999 for emergencies and 101 for non-emergency reports. Rights of Women have detailed advice about reporting to the police and a guide to criminal investigations which you can find here. You can also report anonymously online to Crimestoppers or call them on 0800 555 111. 
  

Sheffield Hallam University – Support for Students


Report and Support Advisers Team. A team of specially trained members of Student Wellbeing Team who can help you to go through your options, including reporting the incident to police, to the university, or to access medical and emotional support only and make no formal report.  To speak to a Report and Support Adviser, please report with personal details and you will be contacted to arrange an appointment.
 
Student Wellbeing. The wellbeing team are available for advice and guidance for specific issues and for ongoing wellbeing support for students. Register to book an appointment.

University disciplinary processes. A member of Report and Support team can help you make a report to the disciplinary team. If you choose to name a member of staff or a student in your report, there are procedures which set out the actions the university may take. This may include carrying out conduct investigations. When you report an allegation of misconduct to the University, there is a dedicated team who will consider your allegation and liaise with you regarding next steps. Disciplinary Regulations for students and the Student Anti-Harassment Policy and Procedure which are available on shuspace. The full range of possible sanctions is available in section 48 of the Disciplinary Regulations. 
 
Students’ Union Advice Team. The Students' Union provides a confidential, non-judgemental and free service available to all Sheffield Hallam University students. It is independent from the university, so issues with the advice service will not appear on your SHU file without your consent. The advice team provides specialist advice and support on academic issues such as concerns about your university experience, formal complaints and appeals, disciplinary hearings and academic misconduct investigations. 
 
Multifaith Chaplaincy. Confidential personal support to people of any religion or none. 
 

Sheffield Hallam University – Support for Staff 

 
Report and Support Advisers Team. A team of specially trained members of Student Wellbeing Team who can help you to go through your options, including reporting the incident to police, to the university, or to access medical and emotional support only and make no formal report. To speak to a Report and Support Adviser, please report with personal details and you will be contacted to arrange an appointment. 
 
Trade unions. Sheffield Hallam University recognises UNISON, GMB, UNITE and UCU. Staff who are members can contact them for support and advice.
 
Local Human Resources 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.
 
Staff wellbeing. The University's staff wellbeing pages link to a range of support services, including staff counselling.
 
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Help for employees when home is not a safe place. Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse has issued useful information on support employees during COVID-19 https://www.eida.org.uk/our-covid-19-response


Independent specialist support – Sexual Abuse and Harassment 

 
Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). Hackenthorpe Lodge is the Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Sheffield. They are here to help you if you have experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse. You can call them on 0330 223 0938, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for an initial assessment. They will aim to see you within 90 minutes for an urgent forensic medical examination. It is best to visit them as soon as possible after an incident. The medical and emotional support services are confidential. They will not tell anyone you’ve contacted or seen them unless you want them to. You can use any of their services without involving the police. 

Sheffield Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service Sheffield (SRASACS) Offers confidential Helpline support as well as counselling and advice on giving support to others who have been raped or sexually abused. SRASAC also offers practical help and emotional support from their Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA). You can call them on 0808 802 0013. Web address http://www.sheffieldrapecrisis.org.uk 

Rights of Women. Provides information and legal advice on sexual and domestic violence proceedings and rights of the victims. They operate legal advice support lines (family law, criminal law, immigration law and sexual harassment at work) and their website has a very comprehensive information on legal matters www.rightsofwomen.org.uk 
  

Independent specialist support - Domestic Abuse 

 
IDAS. A specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence. Their teams of accredited specialist workers (IDVA’s and ISVAs) support people through the criminal justice system in addition to providing emotional support and safety planning advice. Website: https://www.idas.org.uk/   
Service includes access to a free, confidential out of hours’ helpline - SHEFFIELD Domestic Abuse Helpline. Call 0808 808 2241 for FREE (Monday – Friday 8:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday – 9:00am – 5:00pm, not open bank holidays) 
 
The National Domestic Violence Helpline. Open 24/7 and can be anonymous. Call 0808 2000 247. Website: https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/ 
  
A wide range of information can be found on DACT (Sheffield Domestic Abuse Co-ordination Team) website,  http://sheffielddact.org.uk/domestic-abuse The DACT implements local priorities in accordance with nationally recognised good practice by working with the Partnership, the agencies who provide domestic abuse support services, and the people who receive support. 
 


Other support services you can access to talk about what has happened to you and receive specialist assistance.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 


 
 
  
 
 
 
 

 

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