What support is available to staff? 

Covering Your Tracks
You may not want others to know that you’ve been searching for information of help from websites such as Victim Support.  When you browse the internet on a mobile phone, tablet or computer, you leave a `history’ trail of pages and sites you’ve visited.  It’s impossible to completely avoid being tracked online but if you’re worried about someone knowing which sites you’ve been looking at, there are some things you can do to help cover your tracks online.  

Ongoing help and support 

Within the University 
  
You may wish to report what has happened to your Line Manager, your Head or Director or to HR.

If you decide to contact the Police about an incident that happened on campus or that relates to a member of staff or student, please remember to inform the University following the formal internal route set out in the Dignity and Respect policy. 

Support services for staff 
Support services are provided through Health Assured who offer a helpline that can link enquirers to counselling, information, resources and referrals to local services.  The service is open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  The support offered is confidential and independent of the University.  The University receives data on the number and broad themes of enquiries made to Health Assured, but no personal data or information on the detail of enquiries is shared.

When you are ready, you may find that the wellbeing hub can help you find other support within the University as well as self care resources. 
 
Report + Support 
Report using contact details on this site to be linked to a trained responder who will get in touch using the channel you request, within 5 working days.  Your responder will not try to influence or instruct you, they will help you think through your options so that you decide what (if anything) you want to do next.
    
Please see our frequently asked questions (FAQs) for more information on how we respond to reports. 
 
There are 3 campus trade unions that the university recognises: Unite, Sussex UCU and Unison.  If you are a member of these unions, you can contact them for advice and support. 

Support from External Sources 

Victim Support
Victim Support provides specialist support for those who experience domestic abuse in Brighton & Hove.  Tel: 0300 323 9985, Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  They will provide independent information, advice, support & advocacy to victims and survivors of domestic abuse including: 
 
·         access to 24/7 helpline & webchat 0808 168 9111. 
·         1-2-1 casework support from trained Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs). 
·         Hospital IDVA based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. 
·         Criminal Justice IDVA to provide support through the criminal justice system. 
 
Provide specialist support for those who experience domestic abuse in East Sussex.  Tel: 0300 323 9985, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.  Email: ESDomesticAbuse.Info@cgl.org.uk

It happened to someone I know 

When someone we know discloses to us that they have experienced/are experiencing domestic abuse, we want to help, but often we don’t know how.  The first and most important thing we can do is listen without judging.  Giving someone else the time to share their experience may be their first step to changing their situation and they have chosen you to talk to because they believe you can hear and support. 

What can I do? 
There is information on this page about support available within the University and locally within the region.  When the person talking with you is ready, point them towards these sources of support so that they can start to consider what they want to do next.  If the situation is urgent in your view, encourage them to contact the emergency services for help. 

Taking care of yourself 
The experience of hearing someone describe a violent/abusive situation may not only be painful, it may trigger memories or thoughts of other experiences for you.  Remember that the sources of support on this page are there for you too. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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