Domestic abuse is categorised by any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • physical
  • emotional
  • psychological
  • sexual
  • financial

Anyone can experience domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.

What support is there for people who are experiencing domestic abuse?

The UK Government has produced particular information on domestic abuse during the corona virus outbreak.

The NHS has guidance on where you can get help and support.

Support in an emergency: if you are at risk from harm

On site Campus Security

Avery Hill: internal phone 9101 or 0208 331 9101

Greenwich: internal phone 7616 or 0208 331 7616

Medway: internal phone 3138 or 0208 331 3138

Off site: Contact the police by ringing 999

You can call the UK non-emergency number 101; if you need support or advice from the police and it is not an emergency.

Support from outside the university

  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline, the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. Tel: 0808 2000 247
  • During the lockdown opportunities to make a call safely to seek help may be limited. Refuge has a web form which can be used to request a safe time for a call from a member of the helpline team.
  • National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline, Tel: 0800 999 5428 Email: help@galop.org.uk
  • Men's advice line offer non-judgmental emotional support practical advice and information
  • One in Four specialises in supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse, and particularly survivors of childhood sexual abuse and trauma. They are currently offering telephone support for up to 30 minutes per session, available every day 10am-2pm, and 6pm-8.30pm. Call freephone on: 0800 170 0314. One In Four also offers counselling – for further information contact: 020 8697 2112 or admin@oneinfour.org.uk.

Support within the university

For students

  • Togetherall is a digital mental health and wellbeing service, which provides a 24/7 online mental health support for students. Students can contact togetherall if they require mental health and wellbeing support at any time of the day or night. The service is free, and students need to register using their university email address. As part of registering you choose an anonymous username which is how you will be known on togetherall.

For staff

  • Confidential Care is an independent, free and completely confidential service for staff and their families. It is supported by a range of highly experienced consultants, including counsellors, psychotherapists, solicitors and financial experts, all qualified to give staff clear, relevant guidance and to support them with 1-1 counselling (up to six sessions).
  • Respect have a helpline for those concerned about their use of violence and abuse.