Whether you choose to make a formal report or not, you are able to access support. Click on the links below to access support within the University or within the community.
Support at Durham University
You can disclose incidents of sexual misconduct and violence to your College Student Support Office. They will provide you with support and refer to you specialist help as appropriate. They can help you consider your reporting options including reporting to the University to initiate the process within the Sexual Violence & Misconduct Policy.
Durham University Counselling Service
All of the Durham University Counselling Service counsellors have the skills to support you.
Our self-referral mechanism for all students with any issue is to send out a Self-Referral Questionnaire. The information provided on the form will direct you towards the more appropriate support. If you indicate ‘sexual misconduct and violence’ on the form you will be offered an appointment with a short timescale with one of our counsellors. If you do not want to indicatesexual misconduct and violenceyou can write ‘Prefer not to say but need to see a counsellor’ on the form and we will arrange a session for you.
This session will be a 50 minute initial consultation with one of our counsellors. You may be offered the choice of a referral to a counsellor from the the Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre (RSACC) within the Counselling Service if you have experienced a recent incident(s) and/or there are ongoing investigations or criminal procedures. If you would like a same-day appointment, please telephone the Service and ask for a same-day appointment. You will need to tell us the reason why you need a same-day appointment.
The words ‘for issues relating tosexual misconduct and violence’ would be very helpful to us in prioritising your appointment. A same-day appointment is typically a shorter assessment session to plan your immediate support needs.If you contact us for a same-day appointment with regard to a recent incident we will discuss with you whether it is more appropriate for you to attend the local Sexual Assault Referral Centre.
Nightline is a confidential, non-advisory, non-directive listening service, run by students, for students from 9pm to 7am in term-time. Students are trained in general listening skills; they are not trained in specialist support.
You can find the number on the back of your campus card.