If you think you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted there are a variety of support options available. You have the right to choose which support options you wish to access. 

You can:

Report to A & E, Call 999 and request an ambulance

Report to Police, Call 999 in an emergency

Alternatively, call Police non-emergency number 101 or attend any local Police station

Rape Crisis have detailed advice about reporting to the police

Goldsmiths Campus Security, is in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your protection. If there is an emergency on campus, please contact 020 7919 7105

Report to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), The Havens are here to help you if you’ve been raped or sexually assaulted in the past 12 months

You can call them on 020 3299 6900 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for an initial assessment and they will aim to see you within 90 minutes for an urgent forensic medical examination (FME)

There are three Havens in London (Camberwell, Whitechapel and Paddington) and these are jointly funded by the NHS and Police. The medical and emotional support services are confidential. They will not tell anyone you’ve contacted or seen them unless you want them to. You can use any of their services without involving the Police.

The Havens also offer follow-up care, including counselling, tests and treatments.

Access the Athena service, run by Refuge. They provide confidential, non-judgmental support to those living, studying or working in the borough of Lewisham who are experiencing gender-based violence.

Their services support women and girls aged 13 and over, and men aged 16 or over – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or are unsure of their sexuality. The Athena service also supports transgender clients who identify as male, female, as another gender, or are questioning their gender identity. Tel: 0800 112 4052 Email: lewishamvawg@refuge.org.uk

Goldsmiths Support for Students

  • Student Wellbeing Service: Goldsmiths’ student wellbeing advisors are experienced in supporting students who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, harassment, stalking and/or sexual misconduct. Appointments can be booked through the Student Wellbeing Service by contacting wellbeing@gold.ac.uk
  •  The SU Advice.  The SU Advice Service offers independent advice on the following matters: the university complaints process; academic result appeals; academic progress committee appeals; student conduct matters and academic issues. They can be contacted by completing this form:https://www.goldsmithssu.org/advice/contact/
  • Campus Support Officers. This staff team works out of hours as a first point of contact for absolutely anything, seven days a week 6pm to 6am. They are based in Loring Management Centre (Accommodation Office/Security), in St James. You can contact them on 020 7919 7284 or campus-support@gold.ac.uk 6pm - 6am

Goldsmiths Support for Staff

o    Confidential support, and is independent from Goldsmiths

o    Accessible via phone, e-mail, instant messaging and website

o    No cost to you

o    Professional consultation, counselling, information, resources and referrals to services in your local area

o    No limit to the number of issues you can get support on

    • Staff CounsellorThe staff counselling service aims to offer support promptly.
    • Trade Unions. Goldsmiths recognises two campus trade unions. UNISON and UCU. Staff who are members can contact them for support and advice.
    • Staff Wellbeing. Goldsmiths has a staff wellbeing hub on Goldmine where you can find a variety of initiatives developed to support staff.

Other sources of support

  • Survivors UK (National). Information, support and counselling for men and boys who have been raped or sexually abused. Helpline Web Chat  Monday – Friday 10am – 9pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
  • Women and Girls’ Network. Counselling and support to help women and girls recover from violence. Tel: 0808 801 0770 
  • Galop. is a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer people affected by sexual and domestic violence. They run London and National phone helpline as as well as an online chat service Saturday & Sunday: 15:00 - 19:00
  • Respond. Helps children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma, as well as those who have abused others, through psychotherapy, advocacy  and other support. Tel: 0808 808 0700  
  • Revenge Porn Helpline: Open10.00am-4.00pm, Monday to Friday - 0345 600 0459
  • Samaritans. Talk to the Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. Tel: 116 123 (24 hours)
  • Victim Support. Free and confidential support to help you deal with your experience, whether or not you report the crime. Also supports witnesses of crime. Tel: 0808 168 9111  

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