We believe that knowledge is power, and by educating ourselves, we can create a safer and more supportive community for everyone. In this section, we will explore what domestic abuse is and provide information about healthy relationships. Together, we can break the silence and make a difference.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse refers to a pattern of behaviours used by one person to gain power and control over another within an intimate relationship. It encompasses various forms of abuse, including physical, emotional, sexual, financial, and psychological abuse. Domestic abuse can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background. It is essential to understand that domestic abuse is never the victim’s fault, and there is support available for those who need it.
Recognising the signs of domestic abuse
- Physical abuse. Any form of physical harm, such as hitting, punching, kicking, or restraining.
- Emotional abuse. Consistent patterns of belittling, humiliation, controlling behaviour, or verbal attacks.
- Sexual abuse. Unwanted sexual activity or coercion without consent.
- Financial abuse. Controlling access to financial resources, limiting economic independence.
- Psychological abuse. Manipulation, gaslighting, threats, or isolation.
Promoting healthy relationships
At Edge Hill University, we are committed to fostering healthy and respectful relationships in our community. Here are some key aspects of healthy relationships to keep in mind.
- Communication. Open and honest communication is crucial for building trust and understanding between partners. Respectful dialogue helps address conflicts and concerns effectively.
- Equality and mutual respect. Healthy relationships are built on a foundation of equality, where both partners have an equal say and value each other’s opinions, boundaries, and autonomy.
- Consent. Consent is essential in all aspects of a relationship, including emotional, physical, and sexual interactions. It should always be enthusiastic, informed, and ongoing.
- Support and empathy. Partners should support each other’s goals, dreams, and personal growth. Empathy, compassion, and active listening contribute to a supportive and nurturing environment.
- Conflict resolution. Healthy relationships involve resolving conflicts peacefully and constructively. Finding mutually agreeable solutions and compromising when necessary promotes growth and understanding.
How to report
Emergencies on campus
If you need urgent support on campus please call campus support immediately on 01695 584227 or 4227 or 2222 via an internal phone.
Reporting to the police
If you or someone you know are in immediate danger or if there is an incident taking place please call 999.
If you can’t speak in an emergency:
- call 999 from a mobile
- when you call 999, the operator will ask which emergency service you need. Listen to the questions from the 999 operator. If you cannot say ‘police’ or ‘ambulance’, respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can. If prompted, press 55 on your phone. This lets the 999 call operator know it’s an emergency and that you aren’t safe to speak. Find out more about accessing police support when you are unable to speak.
If you are deaf or can’t verbally communicate, you can:
- register with the emergency SMS service. Text REGISTER to 999.
- You will get a text which tells you what to do next. Do this when it is safe so you can text when you are in danger.
If you want to report a domestic abuse incident, but you are not in immediate danger, you can call the police on 101 or report the incident online.
Reporting to the University
- You can report a student to the University for breaching the student disciplinary regulations by emailing the Student Resolution Service.
- Formal complaints against a member of staff will be referred to the University’s Human Resources Department via the HR Advisory team for investigation under the relevant staff procedure. This will involve a formal investigation into the allegations.
- You can report concerns you have for another student anonymously to the Wellbeing Team by completing our online report form.
How to access support
The Student Wellbeing Team are here to offer wellbeing support to all students. They offer in house therapy, and can liaise with a number of internal and external services to ensure you get the support you need. You can book an appointment via the online portal or you can email the Student Wellbeing Team.
- The Liberty Centre – a 24 hour freephone helpline. Call 0808 100 3062.
- Women’s Aid – the national women’s refuge helpline. Call 0808 2000 247.
- Men’s Advice Line – advice and support for men in abusive relationships. Call 0808 801 0327.
- Mankind – a confidential helpline available for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner). Call 01823 334 244. Line are open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
- National Domestic Violence Helpline – a 24 hour helpline. Call 0808 2000 247.
- GALOP – advice and support for people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. Call 0300 999 5428 or 0800 999 5428, or email: [email protected].
- Respect helpline – an information and advice line for people who are abusive towards their partners. Call 0845 122 8609.
- Lancashire Victim Services can support you if you have been a victim of a crime. You can discuss whether or not you want to report the incident to the police. You can speak to a trained Independent Domestic Violence advisor about your experience.