Stay Safe

Further information to follow shortly. This page has been made in consultation with students, staff and charities which is on-going. We will also provide a list of credits in due course. 


We hope you never find yourself in a situation where you have to use this information, however it is so important that you understand how to keep yourself, your friends and anyone you encounter safe. No student should feel unsafe or be put in dangerous situations, but if you or someone you know is put in such a situation, we hope this information will help you to take the next steps.  

We believe everyone should think about student safety, and we will continue to update this page with resources, services and any improvements we make to student safety at Exeter. If you have any ideas on how to keep increase safety for students or would like to be involved in this initiative, please get in touch so we can chat: vpwelfare@exeterguild.com 

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Useful Resources

 

Feeling unsafe:  

Exeter Nightline
If you feel unsafe while walking Nightline offer a free confidential helpline in which someone will stay on the phone with you: 01392 724000 

Estate Patrol
Estate Patrol is a mobile, response-based service covering all aspects of security, safety and welfare for staff and students. The Residence Patrollers are available during the night if any student feels that they need to talk with somebody, or they have a concern that they would like to discuss but don’t feel comfortable talking to the Estate Patrol Team: 01392 723999 

Samaritans
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair: 116 123 

 

In an emergency situation

First contact:

Exeter Sexual Assault Referral centre (SARC) 
The Exeter SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) is based at The Oak Centre, a safe location in Exeter. All of their staff are specially trained to support anyone who experienced rape or sexual assault. This could have been recently or in the past. You will always be believed and treated with the utmost dignity and respect. The Exeter SARC provides support and services to everyone of any age.  
Helpline: 0300 3034626 

Other services:

Devon and Cornwall Police 
Emergency: 999 

Devon and Cornwall Police
Non-Emergency: 101

Estate Patrol
Estate Patrol is a mobile, response-based service covering all aspects of security, safety and welfare for staff and students. The Residence Patrollers are available during the night if any student feels that they need to talk with somebody, or they have a concern that they would like to discuss but don’t feel comfortable talking to the Estate Patrol Team. The non EMERGANCY number is 01392 723999 

 

To call if you’ve been affected

First contact:

Exeter Sexual Assault Referral centre (SARC) 
The Exeter SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) is based at The Oak Centre, a safe location in Exeter. All of their staff are specially trained to support anyone who experienced rape or sexual assault. This could have been recently or in the past. You will always be believed and treated with the utmost dignity and respect. The Exeter SARC provides support and services to males and females of any age.  
Helpline: 0300 3034626 

Other services:

Devon and Cornwall Police 
Emergency: 999 

Devon and Cornwall Police 
Non-Emergency: 101 

NHS Help after rape and sexual assault: 
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/help-after-rape-and-sexual-assault/ 

Devon Rape Crisis
We offer confidential, professional support to survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.  
Telephone helpline: 01392 204174 
Anonymous Email Support: support@devonrapecrisis.org.uk 

The Rape and Sexual Abuse Line (RSAL)
Available for Both Women and Men. Every Week of the Year: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Evenings from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. If you have been the victim of rape or sexual abuse, however far back in the past, you may find yourself struggling to come to terms with aspects of your life. Just talking to someone who will listen to you with understanding, respect and kindness, is often the first step to feeling believed, understood and able to move forward with your life. 
Helpline: 0808 800 0188 

The Survivors Trust
The Survivors Trust is the largest umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse services in the UK and has been providing infrastructure support to our members for the past 15 years. Our services work with victims and survivors of all ages, male and female, of all forms of sexual violence, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, including support for partners and family members. 
Helpline: 08088 010 818 

Rape Crisis Centre
Provides a range of specialist services for women and girls that have experienced sexual violence. 
Helpline: 01752 223584 

National Stalking Helpline
The National Stalking Helpline is run by Suzy Lamplugh Trust.  
Helpline: 0808 802 0300 

Victim Support Line
National charity which helps people affected by crime and gives free and confidential support. 
Helpline: 0845 3030900 

Supportline
Supportline is particularly aimed at those who are isolated, at risk, vulnerable and victims of any form of abuse. 
Helpline: 01708 765200 

Safeline
Safeline is an independent and non-discriminatory charity that provides specialist, tailored support for anyone affected by sexual abuse and rape and works to prevent CSE with children and young people at risk. Please note they are not a crisis service. 

National Male Survivor Helpline
0808 800 5005 

Rape Crisis England and Wales Helpline for Female Survivors
0808 802 9999 

Young People’s Helpline (Under 18)
0808 800 5007 

Wellbeing Services
The wellbeing services offer  

  • Self-help (books, websites or mobile apps) 
  • A workshop or group 
  • A Single Session Intervention (SSI) 
  • One-to-one sessions within Wellbeing Services 
  • Support from a service outside of the University 

E-mail: wellbeing@exeter.ac.uk 
Make an appointment: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/wellbeing/contact/makeanappointment/  

Exeter Street Pastors
Deployed on a Friday and Saturday night In Exeter City Centre to look after those in the night-time economy. There to provide support and someone to talk to talk. Also provide flip-flops and lollies to those in need!

The ‘Ask Angela’ Initiative
Soon to be introduced to pubs and clubs in Exeter, (training has taken place and posters are being produced so sometime in the next couple of months) The Ask for Angela initiative can provide a safe way out of a situation that has gone wrong. Anyone in a vulnerable or just uncomfortable situation that needs help can ask “for Angela” at the bar or to a member of staff who will then ensure they are taken to a safe place already allocated in the venue. From there a parent, friend or taxi can be called and if necessary the other person asked to leave the venue. The vulnerable persons safety is paramount and staff will have been trained to deal with such a situation.

Best Bar None accredited pubs
46 venues in Exeter proudly display maroon coloured plaques to show they are Best Bar None Accredited venues. This means these venues promote responsible management and have met high standards to reduce alcohol related crime and antisocial behaviour in Exeter by providing a safe venue for customers to enjoy.

Drink Aware Crew
Go under different names in different venues but an example is the very successfully run scheme in Timepiece where “Care Bears” are there to look after anyone who needs a bit of support due to alcohol or just someone to talk to. Having someone of a younger age makes them easier to approach and talk to then an adult member of staff if an issue arises. This help can be anything from locating friends to helping arrange to get home.

 

Looking for tools to help you cope? 

Here you'll find resources to help you understand some common reactions to sexual violence and develop skills to cope with them;  

https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/looking-for-tools-to-help-you-cope/ 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/friendship-20/201809/6-coping-tools-sexual-assault-survivors 

NHS Help after rape and sexual assault
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/help-after-rape-and-sexual-assault/ 

Wellbeing Services
The wellbeing services offer  

  • Self-help (books, websites or mobile apps) 
  • A workshop or group 
  • A Single Session Intervention (SSI) 
  • One-to-one sessions within Wellbeing Services 
  • Support from a service outside of the University 

E-mail: wellbeing@exeter.ac.uk 


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