Domestic violence, also referred to as domestic abuse, can happen to anyone, regardless of gender or sexuality. It can include emotional, psychological, physical, financial and sexual abuse in couple relationships (current or previous) or between family members. It can be an individual incident, or a pattern of incidents, but always involves one person having control and power over another. 

The University of Surrey is committed to supporting those who are victims of relationship abuse. Relationship abuse is contrary to the University's Harassment and Bullying Procedure

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Are you in immediate danger? If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, you can call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).  If you are on campus, you should tell Security (01483 68 3333) that the emergency services are on their way and give details of your location.  

Find a safe space: if an incident has just happened, try and find somewhere you feel safe. If you are on campus and this isn't possible, you can call Security on 01483 68 3333. 

What is relationship abuse? Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it.  


To a friend or family member: talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help. 

Security: our Security team can talk through how to make a report and what support is available.

University of Surrey Students Union (USSU) can talk students through what options are available and support you through the process. This support includes attending any meetings with the University.

Trade unions are organised groups of workers who come together to support each other in the workplace. The University of Surrey recognises three campus trade unions: Unison, UCU and Unite. 


Report and SupportStudents and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from a member of staff. The University takes every report seriously and carefully considers what action to take. 

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Mental Health and Wellbeing 

1 in 4 people are affected by a mental health problem in any year and it is estimated that around 1 in 5 people have contemplated suicide or self-harm.

Find out more on the support available for mental health and wellbeing.

Take care of yourself: it’s important that you take care of yourself. If you've heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, the University's Centre for Wellbeing offers confidential help and is open to students.

The Employee Assistance Programme, BHSF RISE, gives staff access to free personalised, on-demand advice and support from a team of mental health, financial and legal experts, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


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