There are many places to seek help if you have suffered sexual violence or abuse, although for LGBTQ+ people it can be harder to access specific services. A number of LGBTQ+ friendly resources are now emerging in Oxford for survivors of sexual violence and abuse. University welfare services and LGBTQ+ reps will also be able to direct you to useful services.
In college support:
Tere are a lot of people you can talk to at your college who can help you in different ways.
• College Nurse
• College Welfare Coordinator
• College Welfare Team (staff)
• College Welfare Team (students- JCR & GCR/MCR)
• First Responders in college
• Peer Supporters in college
• Harassment Advisors
• Junior Deans/Wardens
College can also..
Work with you to change your room
Work with your tutors to make sure that you’re not being overwhelmed with work, and have the opportunity to take time off it you need it.
Accompany you to places like the GUM clinic, the police station, or meetings with other people in college.
Remember! If you tell one person that does not mean the information will be shared. Your confidentiality is always upheld unless the person you disclose to believes there is significant risk of life threatening harm to you or another individual. If confidentiality is breached you are well within your right to make a complaint.
Is a free and confidential service where you can book an appointment with a trained professional to get support and talk through your experiences.
3 Worcester Street
Student Advice Service
Is an independent advice and information service that is open to all students.
2 Worcester Street Oxford OX1 2BX
Drop in: Mondays 10am-12 noon; Wednesdays: 12-2pm; Friday 2pm-4pm
OUSU VP for Women
The VP for Women is currently Katy Haigh, Katy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Harassment Advisory Network
Individuals in departments and colleges who can listen
01865 270 760
It Happens Here
It Happen Here is an anti-sexual violence campaign associated with the Oxford University Student Union.
The campaign is dedicated to moving towards a society free from sexual violence and they do this through education, support, advocacy and outreach. They prioritise survivors and place an emphasis on amplifying their voices.
Oxford Nightline, is a completely independent listening, support and information service run for and by students. Nightline provides the opportunity to talk to someone in confidence. 8pm-8am, 0th week to 9th week during Oxford term time.
01865 270 270
Instant messaging: http://oxfordnightline.org/open-im
The Peer Support Programme was developed recognition of the essential role students play in supporting and encouraging one another on a day-to-day basis throughout their time at university. Peer supporters are students who have received training to enable them to listen effectively, communicate sensitively, maintain confidentiality, respect boundaries and recognise when and how to encourage referral to professional support services. All peer supporters abide by a Code of Practice.
Rainbow Peers is a branch of the Peer Support program run by Oxford University Counselling Service designed to support LGBTQ+ students in Oxford.
Peers of Colour
Peers of Colour is a group of students trained under the Peer Supporter programme run by the Oxford University Counselling Service. We are here to offer support to students of colour in Oxford.
Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre are a collective of women committed to supporting survivors of sexual abuse, rape, domestic abuse, and harassment. OSARCC offer a free and confidential service to women and girls who are dealing with the effects of sexual violence, and to anyone who is supporting them.
For helpline support: 0800 783 6294 or 01865 726 295
Last Friday of every month 11:30-14:00
The Survivors Trust
The Survivors Trust (TST) is a UK-wide national umbrella agency for 135 specialist organisations for support for the impact of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse throughout the UK and Ireland
Support, Advice and Info: 0808 801 0818
Galop is a national helpline for LGBTQ+ victims of sexual violence and abuse and is a leading LGBTQ+ anti-violence & abuse charity.
0300 999 5428 or 0800 9995428
Speak to our Helpline and Online Advisors 0808 800 5008
Contact the #5MillionMen Support service 0808 800 5005 (male helpline)
Call our Young people’s Helpline 0808 800 5007
Text our Helpline and Online Advisors 07860 027573
Mon 10am–4pm, Tues 8am – 8pm, Weds 10am – 4pm, Thurs 8am – 8pm, Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 10am – 12pm
Rape Crisis UK
Rape Crisis England & Wales is a national charity and the umbrella body for our network of independent member Rape Crisis Centres.
Freephone 0808 802 9999
10am - 12am every day
Live Fear Free
Live Fear Free is a Welsh Government website, providing information and advice for those suffering with violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Free and confidential helpline:
0808 8010 800 24/7
Helpline specifically for male survivors
Specifically for male survivors
National Helpline 0808 800 5005
US based service, website is also available in Spanish. Live chat is available.
Domestic Violence Support:
Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline
The Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline can provide emotional support and practical information for adults affected by domestic abuse. It works with victims to empower them to make decisions regarding their relationship, irrespective of whether they wish to leave or not. The helpline can help with any enquiries that you may have and provide access to support services.
0800 731 055
M-F: 8am-6pm, Sa 10am-4pm
Free and will not show on telephone bill
A federation of over 220 organisations, Women’s Aid provide more than 300 local services to women and children across the country.
08082 000 247 - Freephone 24 hr
National Centre for Domestic Violence
The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Free advice and help for survivors of all genders
0844 8044 999
Counselling to individuals who are in or have left a violent relationship including men.
Live chat is available.
01865 242 960
Respect works with perpetrators Of Domestic Violence, male survivors of domestic violence, and young people using violence and abuse in close relationships.
Men's advice line 0808 801 0327
Respect Phoneline 0808 802 4040
Refuge supports women, children and men through a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services.
08082 000 247 - Freephone 24 hr