Sexual Assault: Ongoing Support

On-going support within the University

The University of Sheffield offers specialised support for students who have experienced sexual violence. Students can speak to a Sexual Violence Liaison Officer (SVLO) to access information and support and to discuss reporting options. The Sexual Violence Liaison Officers are fully trained and experienced in providing support to survivors of sexual violence. Students can let us know if they have a choice of the gender of the SVLO supporting them and wherever possible we will meet that choice. Students can choose how to communicate with an SVLO, whether by email, phone, video call, or face-to-face appointment (providing restrictions allow). Students can also use the Report + Support online tool to tell us about an incident and would then be contacted by an SVLO. For any questions about the SVLO service or for further information, please contact us at

You will be also be able to access the University Counselling Service, to make an appointment make sure you register online.

On-going support available outside the University

Hackenthorpe Lodge - The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre, is for any person who is a victim of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault, either recently or in the past. They provide medical, practical and emotional support without police involvement. They can provide you with: sexual health information and referral services; information about reporting to the police and judicial processes; forensic medical facilities, post-sexual assault follow-up care; support through the criminal justice system; practical support and referrals to other community services and consultation services to other professionals. Any person can access support from them directly without speaking to the police, but an appointment is required.

You can find more information on the SARC's webpages:

Phone 0330 223 0938 to speak to someone for advice or to make and appointment.

Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (SRASAC)

Offers free and confidential support to anyone who has experienced rape or sexual abuse at any time in their lives. Helpline: 0808 802 0013


Support for men (18+) who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and/or adult sexual assault at any time in their lives.

Survivors UK

Survivors UK are a charity offering support to men who have experienced sexual violence. Web and SMS chat can be accessed through their website.


Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and queer people who have experienced sexual violence, domestic abuse or hate crime. Helpline: 0800 999 5428