Jo from our Student Wellbeing Team talks about a new kind of support available for LGBT+ students…
February is LGBT+ History Month, an annual month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. For more information about LGBT+ History Month, please visit the Student Support blog page.
What is Rainbow Bridge?
Rainbow Bridge is a project run by Victim Support, offering advice, support and information to victims of domestic abuse who identify as LGBT+.
Domestic abuse can affect everyone, and is especially hidden in the LGBT+ community.
Jessica Rees, Victim Support LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Coordinator for Cardiff and The Vale, says:
“Tragically, one in three of the LGBT+ community are affected by domestic abuse – a crime that can ruin or, in the worst of circumstances, end lives”.
Domestic abuse often affects the most vulnerable people, which makes it harder for them to seek help. Many victims feel that they can’t tell anyone about what is happening and end up suffering in silence. This damages people’s self-esteem. Victims may also not tell the police because they aren’t confident in the criminal justice system.
Rainbow Bridge exists to provide LGBT+ abuse victims with the specialist support they deserve. Services can be accessed directly, securely and confidentially, so that victims of LGBT+ domestic abuse do not need to go to the police if they do not wish to.
From Tuesday 23rd February, and on the last Tuesday of every month thereafter, Rainbow Bridge will be at the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service at Cardiff University’s Student Support Centre, 50 Park Place, Cathays Campus, between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, offering one-to-one bookable appointments to provide confidential specialised support, advice and information in a safe place.
How do I access support?
If you would like to book an appointment for support, advice or simply to find out more about the work of Rainbow Bridge, please call 0300 3031 982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What will happen next?
A member of the Rainbow Bridge Team will contact you to talk about what you’d like to gain from the appointment and an assessment will be carried out over the telephone before the meeting takes place.
Appointments will be available from Tuesday 23rd February (5.30pm – 7.30pm) and on the last Tuesday of every month between these times thereafter.
Please don’t suffer in silence.
Contacting Counselling, Health & Wellbeing
We have friendly and approachable staff who are able to listen to you non-judgmentally, in a safe and confidential space. Watch our video to ‘meet’ us online. Please access our drop-in from Monday-Friday 3-3:45pm for a non-bookable, 10-15 minutes appointment to have an initial chat with us or, alternatively, please refer into our service by completing our referral questionnaire.
Jo, Student Wellbeing Team
Counselling, Health & Wellbeing
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