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Domestic Abuse

By epickersgill 05 Jul 2022

The UK government’s definition of domestic violence is: ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional.’

Domestic abuse can take different forms, including:

  • physical abuse

  • sexual abuse

  • financial abuse

  • coercive control and gaslighting / emotional abuse

  • digital / online abuse

  • ‘honour-based’ violence

  • forced marriage

  • female genital mutilation (FGM

If you are concerned that you are or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can get further advice and information from:

If you are concerned that someone is in danger, at risk of harm, and needs immediate assistance, call University Security on 0114 222 4085 (0114 222 4444 in the case of an emergency - or 999).

Remember, you can always arrange to speak to your Residence Life Mentor or attend the Residence Life Mentor Drop-in.

You can also arrange to speak to a Student Support and Wellbeing Officer at Residence Life via email at

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