What support is available?

Professional Support at York St John University

If you want to talk to someone in confidence about what options are available to you please contact a University Welfare Adviser on 01904 876477 or email wellbeing@yorksj.ac.uk or visit the Student Information Desk in the Holgate Student Centre

If you would rather speak to someone in the Students’ Union please speak to your President of Wellbeing and Diversity

If your experiences are beginning to affect your studies you might find it helpful to first talk to your academic tutor or Subject Director.  

 Professional Support outside the university 

 IDAS are a local charity that provides comprehensive support services to all those experiencing or affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. Services include refuge accommodation, outreach support and access to a free, confidential helpline - 03000 110 110 or email info@idas.org.uk

Survive are another local charity dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual abuse, assault and rape. Their helpline is open Wednesdays 1pm-3.30pm 01904 642830 or office phone for inquiries and appointments 01904 638813, email survive@survive-northyorks.org.uk


Bridgehouse Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a dedicated service for men or women who have been raped or sexually assaulted recently or in the past. They offer a safe and welcoming environment and provide emotional and practical support.

Contact 24/7 on 0330 223 0362 or email bridgehouse.sarc@nhs.net  


Other useful information and contacts


The Samaritans are also available 24hrs a day to support people through any trauma including sexual assault. They can be contacted on 116 123 -24/7 https://www.samaritans.org/

Your GP or local Sexual Health Clinic can provide help and advice.

Rape Crisis England and Wales – national charity and umbrella body for network of independent member Rape Crisis organisations. They also have a national Rape Crisis Helpline which can be contacted on 0808 802 9999 between 12 noon – 2.30pm and between 7 – 9.30pm any day of the year. http://rapecrisis.org.uk/index.php

Survivors UK – national charity supporting men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or adult sexual assault/rape, as well as their partners and carers. https://www.survivorsuk.org/

The Survivors Trust (TST) - national umbrella agency for specialist rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse support organisations throughout the UK and Ireland. http://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/

Refuge UK including National 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline – national charity providing a range of services for women and children affected by domestic violence. Services include a national Freephone 24 hour helpline: 0808 2000 247 http://www.refuge.org.uk/  http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/

Men’s Advice Line – advice and support for heterosexual, gay, bisexual and trans men experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Freephone: 0808 801 0327 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) http://mensadviceline.org.uk/

National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline – advice and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. Freephone: 0800 999 5428 (opening times on website) http://www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse/

National Stalking Helpline – the helpline can be contacted on 0808 802 0300 from 9.30am to 4pm on weekdays (except Wed, 1pm to 4pm) http://www.stalkinghelpline.org/

Paladin, National Stalking Advocacy Service – national service assisting victims of stalking in England and Wales. Services include national helpline: 020 3866 4107 http://paladinservice.co.uk/

Karma Nirvana – national charity supporting victims of forced marriage and ‘honour’ based violence. Services include a national Freephone helpline (open 9am - 9pm weekdays & 10am - 4pm weekends): 0800 5999 247 http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/

Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) - joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office. Services include a public helpline to provide advice and support to victims of forced marriage. Telephone: 020 7008 0151 From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 0151 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm), Out of hours: 020 7008 1500 - ask for the Global Response Centre https://www.gov.uk/stop-forced-marriage

Respect Phoneline - information and advice line for anyone who is concerned about their violence or abuse towards a partner or ex-partner: 0845 112 8609 (Monday to Friday 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm) www.respectphoneline.org.uk  



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