Whether you have been personally affected by sexual violence 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. 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.
Unsure What to Do?
If, having looked at the pathway, you are still unsure who to speak to, you can contact either Wellbeing Support Services or the SU Advice Centre and find out 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 (i.e. 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 is 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 an ISVA service which offers support throughout the criminal justice process.
- Counselling can also be provided to parents/carers/partners and supporters of survivors. All their 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. In addition to having an LGBT+ representative, 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. 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 existing barriers by providing outreach support for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) 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 a network of independent rape crisis organisations. Their website contains lots of useful information and can help you find local organisations which 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
Please see the Counselling Service webpage on sexual assault.
If your studies are affected, we would advise contacting Wellbeing Support Services, the SU Advice Centre or your personal tutor to get advice on the options available to you (for example, mitigating circumstances or taking temporary withdrawal).
Provides free, confidential, impartial advice for all students and is independent from the University. Based on the top floor of SUHQ.
Telephone: 02476 572824
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm (check website as times may vary)
Offers help/guidance and can refer you to specialist services. Based at Senate House.
Telephone: 02476 575570
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm & Fri 9am-4pm
Offers free counselling, support groups, and an ISVA service.
Helpline: 01788 551150
Provides counselling, helpline and online support, and an ISVA service.
Helpline: 01926 402498
Provides therapeutic counselling for all students at any level or time at university.
Telephone: 02476 523761
Location: Westwood House, Westwood Campus
Provides advice and emotional support for anyone affected by sexual violence.
Telephone: 02476 277777
Location: SU Advice Centre, Wellbeing Support Services and Coventry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC), depending on where survivors feel most comfortable.
Further Health Services
Offers a range of services, including sexual health services on Floor 3.
Telephone: 0300 200 0060
Location: Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry, CV1 4FS
Free and confidential care and advice on sexually transmitted infections and contraception, available via drop-in or appointment.
Location: Floor 3, City of Coventry Health Centre, 2 Stoney Stanton Road, CV1 4FS.
Telephone: 0300 020 0027
Provides emotional support and information for any survivor of sexual violence or abuse.
Freephone: 0808 802 9999 (Noon-2.30pm and 7pm-9.30pm every day)
Open to people of all genders affected by domestic & sexual violence.
Freephone: 0808 2000 247
Text support: 07797 805839
Campaign and support organisation with a focus on female genital mutilation (FGM).
Telephone: 02089 604000
Open: Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm
Provides a wide range of support services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
Telephone: 0345 330 3030 (Mon-Fri 9am-9pm & Sat 10am-6pm)