All the places you can go for help if you’re experiencing sexual or domestic violence in Sheffield
Speak out, don’t suffer in silence
In light of the sexual assault in Weston Park, it is important to remember that advice and support is out there for those that need it. Whether the incident happened recently or years ago, no one should be afraid to reach out for help.
Here is a list on and off campus contacts for men and women who have experienced sexual or domestic violence.
For incidents at the University of Sheffield, emergencies can be reported to the security team on 0114 222 4444. Sheffield Hallam University’s security control room can be contacted on 0114 222 4444 (24 hours). For off-campus help, immediately call for an ambulance or the police on 999. Police can also be contacted by calling 101 , usually for general enquiries or to report a crime that is no longer happening.
University Counselling Services
For Sheffield University students, you can register for individual counselling or group therapy sessions with the University Counselling Service (UCS) here. Sheffield Hallam students can discuss personal issues by registering and making an appointment with the Student Wellbeing Service here.
This local charity offers confidential helpline support to anyone who has experienced sexual violence, rape or abuse. Practical support can be accessed from their Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) and advice on how to support others is also on offer. If you’re not quite ready to talk, their website’s resources section provides useful information too. The helpline can be called on 0808 802 0013.
Sheffield Nightline is open to students struggling with a problem, no matter how big or small. Run entirely by student volunteers from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, the service is 100 percent confidential. Nightline can be called 0114 22 28787 from 8pm to 8am every night during term time, and instant messaging is run alongside this between 8pm and Midnight.
Broomhill Safer Neighbourhood Team
The University of Sheffield Residences and the Broomhill area are covered by the Broomhill Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) which is based on University premises at Crewe Flats, Clarkehouse Road. The team consists of 1 Inspector, 1 sergeant, 7 Police Constables and 6 Police Community Support Officers.
The team can be contacted on 0114 296 4876 for advice and information.
Offering a discreet and welcoming centre, confidential counsellors and therapists are on hand for women in Sheffield who have experienced abuse or trauma. The service particularly encourages women to use the centre who, for whatever reason, find it difficult to access other services. The centre can contacted on 0114 275 2157.
Part of the Network for Surviving Stalking, this site offers safety advice to people affected by stalking. If you’re the target of someone pestering or frightening you, this resource can guide you through the necessarily steps to act quickly and think very carefully about the risks you may be facing. The National Stalking Helpline can also be contacted on 0808 802 0300, open 09:30 to 16:00 weekdays.
Sheffield Victim Support gives emotional and practical help to people who have been affected by crime in South Yorkshire. Regardless of whether you’ve contacted the police and or how long ago the crime took place, the local victim care team can be called on 0300 303 1971, open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday.
Experiences of male sexual abuse and rape can leave you confused with many unanswered questions, Survivors UK can answer these common questions and give you or a friend the support needed. You can read through survivor experiences, make counselling or therapy appointments online, and organise group work in London. A confidential web chat is available 10.30am-9pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 6pm Saturday to Sunday. SMS chat is available on 020 3322 1860.
For domestic abuse in a family or personal relationship, Sheffield Abuse Domestic Abuse Co-ordination Team can be called on 0800 808 2241.
Galop provide the UK’s only national lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans domestic abuse helpline, which can be contacted on 0800 999 5428. Galop recognise abuse isn’t always physical- it can be psychological, emotional, financial and sexual too. Advice on LGBT+ hate crime, chemsex, online abuse, and hook-up apps is also available on their website.
Contactable on Freephone 0808 801 327, Men’s Advice Line provides advice and support for heterosexual, gay, and bi male victims of domestic violence.