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Sexual violence: Signposting and referral options

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Goldsmiths recognise the importance of allowing students who have experienced sexual violence to make their own choices and decisions around support options

We have outlined a range of different services below.

Reporting to A & E

Call 999 and request an ambulance.

Reporting to police

Call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively, call Police non-emergency number 101 or attend any local Police station.

Rape Crisis have detailed advice about reporting to the police

Goldsmiths Campus Security is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your protection. If there is an emergency please contact 020 7919 7105.

Reporting to Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

The Havens are here to help you if you’ve been raped or sexually assaulted in the past 12 months.

You can call them on 020 3299 6900 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for an initial assessment and they will aim to see you within 90 minutes for an urgent forensic medical examination (FME).

There are three Havens in London (Camberwell, Whitechapel and Paddington) and these are jointly funded by the NHS and Police. 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.

The Havens also offer follow-up care, including counsellingtests and treatments.

Referral pathways with Goldsmiths

Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO)

For advice and guidance on further support options and for ongoing wellbeing support. Appointments can be booked through the Wellbeing Service

Goldsmiths Student’s Union

For complaints process and advice. 

Complaints and Appeals

If a student is unhappy with the university processes and wants to make a complaint.

Specialist Support Services (External)

London Rape Crisis

Fully independent organisation based in Croydon providing a high standard of professional support to female survivors of sexual violence living anywhere South of the river Thames in addition to providing national support to women living anywhere in England and Wales through the National Rape Crisis Helpline.
Tel: 0808 802 9999
Email: info@rasasc.org.uk
Website: rasasc.org.uk

Athena Centre

The Athena service, run by Refuge provides confidential, non-judgmental support to those living in the borough of Lewisham who are experiencing gender-based violence.

Their services support women and girls aged 13 and over, and men aged 16 or over – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or are unsure of their sexuality. The Athena service also supports transgender clients who identify as male, female, as another gender, or are questioning their gender identity.

Types of gender-based violence include:

  • Domestic violence (physical, sexual, financial, emotional or psychological abuse)
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced marriage
  • So-called ‘honour’-based violence

Tel: 0800 112 4052
Email: lewishamvawg@refuge.org.uk

Survivors UK (National)

Information, support and counselling for men and boys who have been raped or sexually abused.

Helpline Web Chat at survivorsuk.org:
Monday – Friday 10am – 9pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 6pm

Women and Girls’ Network

Counselling and support to help women and girls recover from violence.

Tel: 0808 801 0770
Website:www.wgn.org.uk

Galop

Advice, support and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT) people.

Galop gives advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse.  We also support lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system.

Tel: 020 7704 2040
Website:galop.org.uk

Respond

Helps children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma, as well as those who have abused others, through psychotherapy, advocacy  and other support.

Tel: 0808 808 0700
Website: respond.org.uk

Samaritans

Talk to the Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you.

Tel: 116 123 (24 hours)
Website:www.samaritans.org

Victim Support

Free and confidential support to help you deal with your experience, whether or not you report the crime. Also supports witnesses of crime.

Tel: 0808 168 9111
Website:www.victimsupport.org.uk