Violence Against Women

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Statement from the Elected Officer Team

We know that the tragic events of Sarah Everard are a reminder of the potential dangerthat all women face. All our thoughts are with Sarah, her family and friends.  

It is a scary truth that women are more likely to face sexual harassment and be survivors of abuse thamen across the world. Sexual violence and harassment are embedded in our society and are an everyday reality of being a woman This is not good enough.  

It’s everyone's responsibility ttake progressive actions. Start by actively calling out any instances of sexual harassment and abuseWe need to move from actions that focus on women “protecting themselves” to meaningful conversations with everyone. This will create positive, proactive and permanent change to stop violence against women. 

We know recent events have left many students feeling unsettledangry and upset. If you have been affected by the issues discussed, we have attached support available to you below. 

Cardiff University Students Union continues to work in close partnership with Cardiff University, South Wales Police, and Cardiff City Council to ensure that Cardiff is as safe as it can be for all female residents. However, we know that there is still lot more work to be done. 

If you would like to be involved and be part of shaping Students’ Union activity in this area, please get in touch. 

Support Services:  

If you have been affected by any of the things above, feel unsafe or would like to seek support, please get in contact with our Student Advice department (advice@cardiff.ac.uk) as well as the Student Support Service (studentconnect@cardiff.ac.uk). 

Cardiff Safe Taxi Scheme: 

  • The Safe Taxi Scheme is available for all Cardiff University studentsdesigned to give you the means to get home safely, and pay later; 

  • To use the Safe Taxi Scheme you should phone Dragon Taxis on 029 2033 3333 quoting ‘Cardiff Safe Taxi Scheme’giving your name and student number; 

  • You can then get home safely, and pay the next working day at the Finance desk of the SU.   

SafeZone 

The SafeZone app is available to alert Security Services if you need help or assistance. 

Find out more about SafeZone here: intranet.cardiff.ac.uk/students/applications/help/safezone 

Disclosure Response Team 

You can also contact the University’s Disclosure Response Team confidentially via the online form below. The Disclosure Response Team are a team of specialist University staff, trained to support students affected by harassment, hate crime, sexual violence, relationship abuse and other forms of unacceptable behaviour. 

You can report to them by completing the Student Online Disclosure Form. Your report can be anonymous if you prefer and all disclosures are taken seriously. If you do not want to complete the form but would still like to access support, you can email disclosureresponseteam@cardiff.ac.uk. This is a confidential inbox, only accessed by members of the team. 

Other external sources of advice and support include:  

 Live Fear Free: a government scheme offering help to all survivors, victims, professionals, and concerned others. Live Fear Free offer specialist advice on all forms of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence, including rape, sexual harassment, and stalking. All gender identities, sexualities, ethnicities are welcome and they can refer on to additional services if an individual would like. Their language line option means that language is no barrier, and all helpline support workers are fluent in Welsh and English. Out of hours helpline 0808 80 10 800, info@livefearfreehelpline.wales 

Refuge: Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for women and children 

Cardiff Women’s Aid: 24/7 helpline 029 2046 0566 

If you witness or are a victim to any criminal behaviour, please make sure that you report this to the police. 

 

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