Domestic Abuse: Protecting and Supporting Staff and Students

Domestic Abuse: Guidance and support for those at risk of harm and for managers and supervisors supporting them.

Domestic Abuse – Guidance for those at risk of harm

Domestic Abuse – Guidance for managers and supervisors

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999

University of Leeds Security
(0113) 343 2222 (emergencies only)
(0113) 343 5494/5 (non-emergencies)
Email: security@leeds.ac.uk

Leeds Domestic Violence Service
24 hour helpline: 0113 246 0401
Email:    administration@leedswomensaid.org.uk
Website:  www.ldvs.uk

National Centre for Domestic Violence
24 hour helpline:  0800 970 2070
Email:  office@ncdv.org.uk
Website:  www.ncdv.org.uk


Contents of this page:

University of Leeds Support
External support Local: All victims
External support National: All victims
External support: Male victims
External support: LGBT+ victims
Stalking and Harassment
External Support: Forced marriage and honour-based abuse
Support for perpetrators
Additional on-line support and advice
Support for staff working from home during the pandemic
Support for students working from home during the pandemic
Web addresses (alphabetical order)
Important Note

University of Leeds Support

Support for Staff

 Support for Students

External support – Local: All victims

Basis (formerly Genesis) 0113 243 0036
Outreach support for women working in the sex industry, young women involved in or at risk of sexual exploitation, women who have experienced sexual exploitation historically.

Behind Closed Doors0113 222 4562
A charity supporting people suffering from domestic abuse in Leeds.

GIPSIL0113 248 1301
Housing and related support and advice for 16-25 year olds, especially in North East Leeds area.

Leeds City Council Safeguarding0113 222 4401 (Adult Social Care)
Includes information for adults, young people and children being abused or neglected.

Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) – 0113 246 0401
Advice and Outreach support for women and men, and access to emergency accommodation for women and children.

Leeds Women’s Aid0113 246 0401
An independent charity providing services to women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse, including confidential live chat available Mon-Fri 1-3pm, Tues and Thurs 7.30-9.30pm.

The Market Place0113 246 1659
Drop-in and 1:1 support for 11-25 year olds.

SARSVL0808 802 3344
Helpline and face-to-face appointments for Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds (women and girls).

Women’s Counselling & Therapy Service0113 245 5725
Individual and group psychotherapy for women in Leeds who are on a low income.

External support – National: All victims

Living Without Abuse0808 2000 247
Provides a wide range of support and advice, with a free National Helpline available 24- hours, seven days a week.

National Centre for Domestic Violence0800 970 2070
Provides access to free injunctions and is available 24 hours, seven days a week.

Respect0808 802 4040
National helpline for anyone (woman or man) concerned about their abusive behaviour towards their partner or ex-partner

Rights of Women020 7251 6577
Aims to provide women with legal advice and information they need to understand and use the law and their legal rights, and works to improve the law for women and increase women’s access to justice. Helpline for women only is available Mondays 11am-1pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm, Thursdays 7pm-9pm and Fridays 12pm-2pm.

Refuge  – 0808 2000 247
Refuge is an independent, specialist charity that supports women fleeing domestic abuse and other forms of gender-based violence.

External support: Male victims

Blast
Information and support for young men and boys in West Yorkshire being (or at risk of being) sexually exploited

Mankind Initiative01823 334 244
Helpline for men across the UK suffering from domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner). Available Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and 7pm-9pm.

Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327
National helpline for male victims of domestic abuse, available Monday to Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.

External support: LGBT+ victims

Galop UK0800 999 5428
The LGBT+ anti-violence charity (national) encompassing hate crime, sexual violence and domestic abuse.

Stalking and harassment

National Stalking Helpline0300 636 0300
The national helpline for victims of stalking and harassment is available Monday to Friday 9.30am-4pm, except on Wednesday when it is available 1pm-4pm.

External support: Forced marriage and honour-based abuse

Forced Marriage020 7008 0151 or 00 44 20 7008 0151 from abroad
The Forced Marriage Unit helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Karma Nirvana 0800 5999 247
Support for all victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

Legal support for injunctions

National Centre for Domestic Violence 0800 970 2070
Provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic abuse regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.

Support for perpetrators

It is recognised that perpetrators of domestic abuse and violence may wish to seek help voluntarily. For more information on help available, contact Respect or call 0808 802 4040.

Additional on-line support and advice

The Hideout
A space to help young people and to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it’s happening to them.

Respect not Fear
A site aimed at young people experiencing domestic violence, whether they are the victims, perpetrators of domestic violence or know someone who is.

DASH
The Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour-Based Violence (DASH 2009) Risk Identification, Assessment and Management Model was implemented across all police services in the UK in 2009. It introduced a common checklist for police services/partner agencies for identifying, assessing and managing risk. There is also a risk checklist for victims of domestic abuse, stalking and honour based violence. This is called the Victim-DASH  and includes further screening questions on stalking, adapted for victims to use.

Support for staff working from home during the pandemic

The University recognises that many staff are working from home during the Coronavirus pandemic, and this could place them at greater risk of harm.  If you are aware, or if you believe that a staff member is at risk of abuse, you should keep in touch with them as far as possible and check on their welfare through video or phone calls, emails and text messages.

If a staff member contacts you to say that they are at risk, you can reassure them that government restrictions on leaving the home do not apply to anyone who needs to escape abuse.

Further guidance on providing support during the pandemic can be found on the Staff Support and Wellbeing website coronavirus.leeds.ac.uk/staff-advice/staff-support-and-wellbeing/.

Other useful websites include:

Government guidance on domestic abuse during the coronavirus outbreak www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help#_blank

The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse eida.org.uk/our-covid-19-response

Women’s Aid Covid-19 Resource Hub womensaid.org.uk/covid-19-resource-hub/

Support for students working from home during the pandemic

The University recognises that many students are working from home during the Coronavirus pandemic, and this could place them at greater risk of harm.  If you are aware, or if you believe that a student is at risk of abuse, you should keep in touch with them as far as possible and check on their welfare through video or phone calls, emails and text messages.

If a student contacts you to say that they are at risk, you can reassure them that government restrictions on leaving the home do not apply to anyone who needs to escape abuse.

The Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service have put together information on how to access their support during the pandemic:

https://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/100001/counselling_and_wellbeing/957/counselling_wellbeing_and_mental_health_support

Leeds University Union are also offering support to students during the pandemic through their Help and Support team.  Contact details can be found here:

https://leedsuniversityunion.knowledgeowl.com/help/im-worried-about-coronavirus

Other useful websites include:

Government guidance on domestic abuse during the coronavirus outbreak www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help#_blank

The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse eida.org.uk/our-covid-19-response

Women’s Aid Covid-19 Resource Hub womensaid.org.uk/covid-19-resource-hub/


Web addresses (alphabetical order)

Basis 
Behind Closed Doors
Blast
DASH – Domestic AbuseStalking and Honour-Based Violence
Forced Marriage
Galop UK 
HR 
Karma Nirvana
Leeds City Council Safeguarding
Leeds Domestic Violence Service 
Leeds Women’s Aid
Living Without Abuse
Mankind Initiative
Men’s Advice Line
National Centre for Domestic Violence
National Stalking Helpline
Rape Crisis
Refuge 
Respect
Respect Phoneline
Respect not Fear
Rights of Women
Staff Counselling and Psychological Support Services
Student Services Centre Counter
Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds (women and girls)
Surviving Economic Abuse 
The Hideout
The Market Place
Women’s Counselling & Therapy Service
Women’s Aid 

Important note

The University recognises that these contact details may not cover every eventuality, and that related policies/legislation/processes and sources of advice/assistance will change. We will update the contacts regularly to help ensure they remain relevant and useful, and welcome any feedback. Please forward comments and suggestions to the Equality & Inclusion Unit (EIU) at equality@leeds.ac.uk

Please also contact EIU if you require this document in an alternatively published format.