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Support for those in abusive or violent relationships

Violence and abuse can be experienced within intimate or close relationships. It is most commonly perpetrated by partners or ex-partners but can also be perpetrated by family members or carers.

This type of abuse is usually characterised by the misuse of power or the exercise of control and can include a range of behaviours such as:

  • The use of coercive control (via intimidating, degrading, isolating or controlling through threat of violence)
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual violence or abuse
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment or Stalking
  • Online and/or digital abuse

None of these behaviours are acceptable and if you have or are experiencing any of these forms of abuse there is help and support available that will not judge you or blame you for the abuse you have or are experiencing.

If you are affected by any of these types of behaviour and want more information to help you consider your options are please see the resources listed below.

External specialist services

Coventry Haven Projects
Provides a range of free, confidential support and advocacy services to those experiencing violence or abuse within an intimate or close relationship.
Website: coventryhaven.co.uk
Telephone: 024 7644 4077
Location: 22 Marlborough Road, Coventry, CV2 4EP

Coventry Domestic Violence and Abuse Partnership
Website: safetotalk.org.uk
Helpline: 0800 035 5309
Helpline available: Mon-Fri 8.30am-8.30pm and weekends 9.30am-5.30pm

National Domestic Violence Helpline
Website: nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
Telephone: 0808 2000 247 (Freephone 24 hour Helpline)

Other useful links

Internal support and counselling services

SU Advice Centre
Provides free, confidential, impartial advice for all students and independent from the University. Based on the top floor of SU HQ.
Website: warwicksu.com/advice
Email: advice at warwicksu dot com
Telephone: 024 7657 2824
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm (check website as times may vary)

Wellbeing Support Services
Offers help and guidance and can refer you to specialist services. Based on the ground floor of University House.
Website: warwick.ac.uk/supportservices
Email: studentsupport at warwick dot ac dot uk
Telephone: 024 7657 5570
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm & Fri 9am-4pm

University Counselling Service
Provides therapeutic counselling for all students at any level or time at university.
Website: warwick.ac.uk/counselling/informationpages/sexual_assault
Email: counselling at warwick dot ac dot uk
Telephone: 024 7652 3761
Location: Westwood House, Westwood Campus