If you’ve experienced violence and abuse of any kind, please know that you are not alone and our Disclosure Response Team are here to offer practical support and advice.
Money tensions, unrealistic expectations and increased alcohol consumption make the Christmas period a peak time for relationship abuse/domestic violence. If your partner or family member is controlling, coercive or threatening towards you, it is never your fault. ‘Blaming the victim’ for domestic violence is something that abusers often do to make excuses for their behaviour. This is part of the pattern of abuse. Blaming their behaviour on someone or something else – the relationship, their childhood, ill health, alcohol or drug addiction – is an abuser’s way of avoiding responsibility for their behaviour.
It includes the following types of abuse:
- emotional abuse.
If you are the victim of an abusive relationship, you may choose to:
- get support
- report the violence to the police
- leave home temporarily or permanently
- stay in your home and get the person who is harming you to leave
- take legal action.
- stay at home – if you think this is safe
- stay with relatives or friends
- stay in a refuge
- get emergency accommodation by contacting the Disclosure Response Team before the Christmas holiday*
If you do not feel in immediate danger and have not experienced an incident of violence and abuse recently, but are concerned about your safety in the future, it might be helpful to consider:
- Is there anyone you can alert for future support?
- Make a list of names/contact information for who you can go to
- Is there another student or staff member you trust and can talk to?
Find out more about the Disclosure Response Team
Cardiff University is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for students. The Disclosure Response Team is here to support you.
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Student Support Centres’ Opening Times
Student Support Centres are located at 50 Park Place, 51 Park Place, the Students’ Union and Cardigan House, Heath Park Campus.
The Student Support Centre on 50 Park Place and Student Support at the Students’ Union will close for the afternoon from 12:00 on Thursday 20 December 2018, and re-open on Friday 21 December 2018, 09:00-16:00. Both services will be closed from Monday 24 December 2018 – Tuesday 1 January 2019, and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2019 at 09:00.
The Student Support Centre at Heath campus will close at 11:30 on Thursday 21 December 2018 and re-open on Tuesday 2 January 2019 at 09:00.
Sophie, Student Intern.