Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence
If you have been affected by sexual violence, either because you have been personally affected or you are supporting a friend or family member, we hope that you will be able to access the right support for you. Everyone copes in their own way, and it is important that survivors of sexual violence are able to decide the best way forward for themselves.
Sexual Assault Referral Pathway
The Sexual Assault Pathway aims to provide clear guidance and resources for everyone on campus to help survivors of sexual violence understand their options and where to get appropriate support. In addition, the University now has a dedicated Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) who can provide advice and emotional support for anyone affected by sexual violence.
For a list of places to get advice and support relating to sexual violence, take a look at our SU Advice Centre webpage on the topic.
Unsure What to Do?
If having looked at the pathway you are unsure who to speak to then you can contact either Wellbeing Support Services or the SU Advice Centre and speak to someone about your options and where to get help.
Wellbeing Student Support
Tel: 024 76 575570
SU Advice Centre
Tel: 024 76 572824
External Support Services
Provides support, including medical care and optional police intervention, for recent survivors of sexual violence in the local area. It is staffed 24/7 365 days of the year.
- BlueSky Centre is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) that provides support to recent (within the last 7 days) and historic survivors of sexual violence in Coventry and Warwickshire.
- It is a single location where any victim of rape or serious assault will receive medical care, police intervention (if they choose to report the crime) and various other support services.
- The SARC will usually be staffed during normal working hours but will be available for use via a call-out system on a 24/7 basis, 365 days of the year.
Office telephone.: 01926 507805
G4S Call Centre (Police): 0800 970 0371
Location: George Eliot Hospital, College Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, CV10 7DJ
Coventry Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (CRASAC)
Provides free and confidential support including counselling, information, and advocacy for all survivors who have experienced sexual abuse of any kind in their life. Also provides ISVA service which provides support throughout criminal justice process.
- CRASAC offer a free and confidential service that provides support, counselling, information and advocacy for all survivors who have experienced any kind of sexual abuse of any kind at any time in their life. Counselling can also be provided to parents/carers/partners and supporters of survivors. All of staff and volunteers are self-defining women and they provide safe spaces. Their helpline and ISVA services are also available to men and boys.
- CRASAC responds to people in their self-defined gender rather than in the gender assigned to them at birth.They conduct regular service reviews to assess how accessible and inclusive their service is and continue to provide training and resources to staff on gender and sexuality diversity. In addition to having an LGBT+ representative.
- CRASAC also offers effective and appropriate interpretation for clients with language barriers. In addition, CRASAC reaches out to people who cannot reach in due to barriers by providing outreach support for BAMER communities.
Tel: 024 7627 7777 (Please check the CRASAC website for details of when the helpline is open.)
Rape Crisis England
This is a national charity and umbrella body for their network of independent rape crisis organisations. Their website has lots of useful information and can help you find local organisations that can give guidance.
Find your nearest Rape Crisis Centre here.
Tel: 0808 802 9999
Open: 12-2.30pm & 7-9.30pm every day, plus 3-5.30pm weekdays.
University Counselling Service