This week, 1-7 February is national Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week – and a good time to highlight the practical support that Cardiff University's Disclosure Response team in Student Support and Wellbeing provide to students who are affected.
We know violence and abuse affects our students, IT’s NOT ON and we are addressing it. Student Support and the Students’ Union continue to educate the university community on the signs, impact and support available.
What is considered violence and abuse
Violence and abuse can happen to people of all ages, sexuality, cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds. It often includes many types of abusive and controlling behavior which are used together, intentionally to control another person or to have power over them.
The term violence and abuse is used to describe different types of behavior, including:
- sexual assault
- relationship abuse.
It is important to be aware of the many ways violence, abuse and unhealthy relationships can develop.
We can help if you are affected
No student affected by violence and abuse is to blame for what has happened to them. Specialist staff in Student Support’s Disclosure Response Team take all disclosures seriously and will believe what you tell them.
What to do if you:
During the lockdown periods associated with COVID-19, research suggests that there is a greater risk to some of experiencing abuse and violence within their own living environment, this includes those in the student population. Figures indicate that there has been an increase in the numbers of reported domestic abuse, sexual violence and hate crime incidents, as well on an increase in online abuse using technology.
Please know that support is still available for you during the pandemic, the Disclosure Response Team remain open to support students as do national helplines and local agencies – You are not alone.
Join the conversation for Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week on social media using #itsnotok and follow @itsnotok2021