We believe that domestic abuse is never okay; NO ONE deserves to accept violence or control in their lives. The abuse is not your fault, and you are not alone. It may help to understand what constitutes domestic abuse before you decide what to do.
Reporting domestic abuse incidents to us allows the University to understand our student community and what they are experiencing. Where staff members disclose that they are subject to domestic abuse to us, the University can put in place support and protection as well as referring on to specialist help. You can report an incident anonymously and, if you provide contact details, one of our advisors will be able to talk you through options and support available to you, in confidence. If you tell us who you are, we will be able to discuss more specific support and guidance. You can decide how to disclose incidents to us and we will ask you how you would like us to respond.
Report and Support is not an emergency reporting tool.
Are you in immediate danger or seriously injured?
- On Campus, Campus Safety: Call 0121 359 2922or via the Safezone app.
- Off Campus, Emergency Services: 999 (or 112 from a mobile). If you can’t speak:
- Listen to the questions from the 999 operator
- Respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can, or by any other means to make yourself heard
- When asked, press 55
- ASV Student Accommodation: if the abuse is happening within Aston Student Village Student Accommodation overnight or during weekends, call Unite’s Emergency Control Centre 0300 303 1611
Find a safe space: if an incident has just happened, try to find somewhere you feel safe.
Speak to a friend - Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help
It is entirely your right to report domestic abuse incidents. Many kinds of domestic abuse are criminal offences and police can arrest, caution or charge the perpetrator. You can formally report something to the University or the Police.
- Reporting to the University - You can choose to report with your contact details or anonymously using the buttons below. If you tell us who you are and provide your contact details, an advisor will get in contact with you and be able to talk you through the options available to you, in confidence.
- Reporting to the police - If you're thinking of reporting to the police, Victim Support has produced information on how this process may work, and what to expect.
- Choosing not to report – we appreciate that there are many reasons why you may choose not to report, and we will respect your decision. You can still access support from within the University and externally, free of charge, and without pressure to report.
Find out more support options both within and outside of the University for dealing with domestic abuse.