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Don't be a Bully

We don't think anyone wants to turn into a bully – it's a sure way to lose friends and end up in trouble with the University: click here to see the University's student behaviour policy.

However, people do not always realise they're becoming a bully. We see it as our job to help people avoid becoming that sort of person as well as to help people who are affected by bullying.

If you're on a professional course like Nursing or Social Work or Psychology, bullying someone (whether it's done online or in person) might even end your University career because it would raise questions about your Fitness to Practise (see your course's Award Information for details).

Sometimes, bullying is also discrimination (if, for example, it's to do with race or gender or sexuality); which is totally unacceptable. However, bullying is always thoroughly unpleasant and needs to be stopped whenever it happens.

Our advice pages:

How to avoid or stop being a bully If you know someone who's being bullied If you are being bullied Advice on cyberbullying

External links – learn more about bullying and the University's attitude to it:

Click here to see what the University says about bullying

Click here for a link to the Faculty of Health Science's guidance on the use of social media

Click here for resources from the Anti-Bullying Alliance

Click here for information on hate crime and reporting it

Click here for resources for families affected by bullying

Click here for guidance from ACAS about workplace bullying

Domestic Abuse

We sincerely hope your time at University will be a happy one and devoid of incident. However, domestic abuse is a crime that transcends age, gender, race and class boundaries. It can happen in any relationship, between people of all genders and none. Domestic abuse can take many forms, it can be physical or verbal and is extremely damaging to the victims’ self-worth. It may be associated with other serious crimes, such as assault, rape and fraud. If you are a victim of domestic violence, remember, it’s not your fault, you don’t deserve it, and there is help available.

If you are in immediate physical danger call Police 999 

The Student Advice Centre can provide practical advice on where to get financial help or somewhere to live. We can also signpost you to appropriate sources of specialist help. Click here for our contact details

Changes YP  provide opportunities for those suffering from mental distress to move from isolation, withdrawal and dependency to becoming active and contributing members of their immediate and wider community. Users of the service include people experiencing various levels of mental distress. Changes YP are offering a six week Wellness Programme starting on Wednesday 20th January 2016 in the Students' Union (session are from 1:00pm to 2:00pm). The course is a fun interactive way to help you gain confidence, boost self-esteem and raise aspirations. You will learn to understand anger, gain a healthier body image and coping skills, challenge unhealthy feelings and receive help with managing exam stress. There will be the opportunity to develop a stock of heathy thoughts, feelings and behaviours; and you will be equiped with the skills to understand and manage your own mental wellbeing.

For more information please contact:

Changes YP

Victoria Court

Booth Street

Stoke on Trent

Tel: 01782 4133355

Email: laura.butler@changes.org.uk

Website: www.changes.org.uk

Police Domestic Violence Units: There are a number of police domestic violence units which have staff especially trained to help people experiencing domestic violence and there is a Police Community Liaison Officer at the University.

Contact the CopShop for details:

PC Simon Stone (Room A5) in the Cadman Building

Tel: 01782 294311

Email: simon.stone@staffs.ac.uk

 

The University Student Enabling Centre offers a specialist counselling service:

Counselling - Student Enabling Centre (Stoke campus)

Cadman Courtyard (by the Pavilion Café, under the archway)

Tel: 01782 294977

Email: counsellingreception@staffs.ac.uk

 

Counselling - Student Enabling Centre (Stafford campus)

One Stop Shop, Ground Floor, Beacon Building

Tel: 01785 353302

Email: counsellingreception@staffs.ac.uk

 

National Domestic Violence Helpline provides support 24 hours a day. Assistance is provided jointly by Women's Aid and Refuge.

The freephone number is 0808 200 0247.

 

The National Stalking Helpline can provide information and guidance on how to deal with any type of stalking or harassment.

Tel: 0808 802 0300 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am to 4.00pm; Wednesday from 1.00pm to 4.00pm)

Email: advice@stalkinghelpline.org

Website: www.stalkinghelpline.org

 

The Honour Network Helpline is a national helpline run by Karma Nirvana, a national charity which advises victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour-based abuse.

Helpline: 0800 599 9247 (Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5.00pm)

Website: www.karmanirvana.org.uk

 

Women's Aid offers advice and support to women and children experiencing domestic violence. The organisation can give details of refuges, and availability of places, throughout the UK.

National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline: 0808 200 0247 (open 24 hours)

Email: helpline@womensaid.org.uk (helpline)

Website: www.womensaid.org.uk

 

Rights of Women is a voluntary organisation that provides free confidential legal advice by telephone to inpidual women as well as advisers supporting women with these issues. It can only provide legal advice through its telephone advice lines, not in person, by post or email. Rights of Women produce free information sheets which can be downloaded from its website.

Family law advice line: 020 7251 6577 (Monday to Thursday from 7.00pm to 9.00pm; Friday from 12 noon to 2.00pm)

Criminal law advice line: 020 7251 8887 (Tuesday from 11.00am to 1.00pm)

Immigration and asylum law advice line: 020 7490 7689 (Monday from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm; Thursday from 10.00am to 1.00pm)

Website: www.rightsofwomen.org.uk

 

Broken Rainbow National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline runs a listening, information and signposting helpline service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.

Tel: 0300 999 5428 or Freephone 0800 999 5428 (Monday and Thursday from 10.00am to 8.00pm; Tuesday and Wednesday from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Tuesday from 1.00pm to 5.00pm is a Trans specific service)

Email: help@brokenrainbow.org.uk

Website: www.brokenrainbow.org.uk

 

M-Power is a national helpline for men who have been raped, assaulted or abused in adult life or childhood. The helpline also supports partners (male or female) and family members of the men.

Helpline: 0808 808 4321 (Monday from 6.00pm to 8.00pm; Friday from 12 noon to 2.00pm)

Website: www.male-rape.org.uk

 

Survivors UK is a national helpline for men who have been victims of rape and other sexual violence. Survivors UK is not a helpline for men who have experienced non-sexual violence.

National helpline: 0845 122 1201 (Monday and Tuesday from 7.00pm to 9.30pm; Thursday from 12.00 noon to 2.30pm)

Email: info@survivorsuk.org

Website: www.survivorsuk.org

 

ManKind Initiative is a men’s civil rights charity that offers advice, support and counselling to male victims of domestic abuse and their children through a national helpline and local branches.

National helpline: 01823 334244 (Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 4.00pm and from 7.00pm to 9.00pm)

Website: www.mankind.org.uk

 

Respect Phoneline offers information and advice to men and women in heterosexual or same-sex relationships who want to stop their violent behaviour.

Tel: 0808 802 4040 (free from landlines and most mobiles) (Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm)

Email: info@respectphoneline.org.uk

Website: www.respectphoneline.org.uk

 

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