Support for recent or past sexual trauma
Our Anti-Sexual Violence Service can support you if you’ve experienced sexual trauma of any kind, either recently or in the past.
The first thing to remember – if something sexual has been done to you without your consent, it is sexual violence – and it is not your fault. You are not to blame for any sexual harassment or violence you were subjected to.
Whatever you are feeling right now, it is normal. There is no right or wrong way to feel or respond.
What the service provides
UWE Bristol's Anti-Sexual Violence Service provides a non-judgemental, inclusive and confidential safe space for you to seek support if you have experienced sexual trauma of any kind, even if you don’t want to report something.
It’s an appointment-based service offering face-to-face, telephone or video call appointments from every campus.
We offer six sessions to students who have had a recent experience of sexual trauma and three sessions to students who have had a non-recent experience.
Contacting the service
How to contact the Anti-Sexual Violence Service
- You can refer yourself directly online.
- UWE Bristol staff and other professionals can make a referral (with your consent) online.
This is not a crisis service. When you refer to the service, you will be contacted within five working days to organise a time to meet that works for you.
How the service can support you
The service will provide information about the criminal justice process if you’re considering reporting, and will help you make informed choices about what is right for you.
We’ll explain the University’s policies and procedures relating to sexual misconduct and give you information about your rights if you’re considering reporting internally.
With your consent, we’ll help you liaise with internal and external services, including sexual and mental health support, and make appropriate referrals so that you receive as much support as you feel you need. We can also help with arranging accommodation, financial and academic support.
"I’m MJ Andarcia-Bravo, UWE Bristol's Anti-Sexual Violence Advisor. I was an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) prior to joining UWE Bristol. I’m victim/survivor-led, which means I’m here to listen and help you decide what you want to do. I will never pressure you to take any decision. "
MJ Andarcia-Bravo Anti-Sexual Violence Advisor, UWE Bristol
The Anti-Sexual Violence Service is confidential and everything you tell MJ will be kept within the session, unless you give her explicit consent to share information with another agency or individual.
There are some instances in which the Anti-Sexual Violence Advisor (ASVA) may need to break this confidentially, even without your consent. These instances include if you disclose information that leads the ASVA to believe that you or someone else may be at risk of harm. You will always be kept informed if confidential information needs to be passed on.
UWE Bristol Policies
If there’s an emergency on campus, please call 44 (0)117 32 89999 so that our staff can liaise with emergency services and direct them to the correct location.
You can contact Campus Security on +44 (0)117 32 86404.
If the emergency is off campus, please call 999.
You can call the 24/7 NHS Mental Health Crisis Response Line on +44 0800 012 6549.
UWE Bristol Serious Concerns Line is open 24/7: +44 (0)117 32 84000
External support services
The Bridge is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). The Bridge offer medical care, emotional and psychological support and practical help to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.
Support for LGBT+ victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, honour-based abuse, forced marriage or so-called conversion therapies. Galop provides advocacy and casework support as well.