Physical and sexual abuse

For all

Digital resources

  • BAVA (Bristol Against Violence and Abuse) provides information and links to supportive organisations in the local area.
  • Changing our campus is an American website dedicated to reducing university campus based sexual assaults by providing information and support.
  • Hidden Marks set up by the National Union of Students providing information and support about sexual abuse/harassment

Support groups

  • Into the light is a London-based organisation offering information, courses and counselling via Skype for people who have experienced sexual abuse.
  • One in Four is a London-based organisation offering information and support to survivors of sexual abuse.
  • Victim Support supports victims of crime including sexual assault.


Release is a short video about the importance of muscular release in order to relieve anxiety and heal from trauma.


Nightline: call this dedicated phoneline for advice and a listening ear during the night. Students run this service. 
Tel: +44 (0)117 926 6266. Open 8pm to 8am , Monday to Friday, term time.

For women

  • Healing Meditations is a website with downloadable meditations for women who have experienced rape or physical violence.
  • Rape Crisis supports women and girls who have been sexually assaulted.
  • Safe Link and Next Link are services offering support to women who have experienced sexual assault and domestic violence in Bristol.
  • SARSAS (Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Assault Support) is a hub of information and support in the local area for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence.
  • Women's Aid supports a network of domestic and sexual violence services.

For men

  • Mankind for men who have been abused.
  • Survivors support for men or boys who have been sexually assaulted.


Galop is an LGBT domestic abuse service with a national helpline.

Concerned others and professionals

The Survivor Pathway is a guide for professionals and concerned others to the referral pathways for rape and any kind of sexual abuse or assault.



Other support and services

There are a number of other counselling services in Bristol who can help you. They are free or low cost.

Our Health and Wellbeing pages offer support and advice on all aspects of life as a student. 

Big White Wall

Big White Wall helps you to get support, take control and feel better when you are anxious, low or not coping.

The online service is free, available 24/7 and completely anonymous.

  • Chat to other members who may be experiencing the same things as you
  • Access a range of tools to help you self-manage
  • Set goals and track progress
  • Access articles, videos and online courses.

Use Big White Wall

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