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Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. Sexual violence is the general term we use to describe any kind of unwanted sexual act or activity, including rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse. Domestic abuse and sexual violence are not accceptable, you have the right to live your life free of abuse. 

Domestic abuse and sexual violence can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender identity, race, sexuality, wealth and geography. If you, a family member, or friend are experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence, support is available. 

Types of Domestic Abuse

Physical Abuse

The person abusing you may hurt you in a number of ways, this may inlude:

  • Slapping, Hitting or Punching you.
  • Biting or Spitting at you.
  • Pushing or Shoving you.
  • Throwing things at you.
  • Holding you down.

Emotional Abuse

Behaviours may include the individual:

  • Telling you what to wear, who to see, where to go, and what to think.
  • Isolating you from your family and friends.
  • Belittling you, and making you feel bad about yourself.
  • Blaming you, or accusing you of things you didn't do.

Sexual Abuse

Behaviours may include the individual:

  • Making you feel pressured to have sex.
  • Touching you when you do not want to be touched.
  • Making unwanted sexual demands of you.
  • Hurting you during sexual activity.
  • If your partner has sex with you when you do not want to, this is rape.

Threats and Intimidation

Behaviours may include the individual:

  • Standing over you, invading your space in a way that makes you uncomfortable.
  • Threatening to hurt you, or kill you.
  • Throwing things, breaking things or taking your belongings from you.
  • Reading your texts and emails when you have not consented.
  • Following you and/or harrasing you by phone/email/text.

Financial Abuse

Behaviours may include the individual:

  • Taking your money, or using your bank/credit cards without permission.
  • Pressuring you to provide them with money, or help their financial situation.
  • Trying to control the way you spend your money.
  • Demanding that you share you financial details with them, such as passwords and pin numbers.
  • Consitently borrowing your money without paying it back.

Reporting Sexual Harrassment & Violence

Sexual harassment is unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature and can involve online and verbal comments, gestures or physical touching/assault. It can violate your dignity, make you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated and creates a hostile or offensive environment. Incidents can still be considered sexual harassment or assualt even if the alleged harasser didn't intend this.

  • If there is ever an emergency and/or you feel as though you are in danger on campus or in University owned halls, contact the University’s Protection Service on 024 7765 8555 (or 5555 on internal phones). 
     
  • Police: If you feel like you are in immediate danger, contact the police on 999 immediately. If you would like to report an incident to the police after it has happened or for non-emergencies contact the police by phone on 101, or via their new live chat service (available 8am - midnight each day).
     
  • You can also report Sexual Harrassment and Violence to Coventry University through their online form, by clicking here. 

How Can I Support Other Students? 

Bystander Training: The aim of this course is to foster safe, positive campuses where all Coventry University students feel able to achieve their very best educationally and also enjoy their university experience. The course explores the types of harassment/incidents that you may experience or witness, including sexual harassment and domestic abuse. It helps you to become an active bystander, recognise harassment and offers strategies to aid intervention when it is safe to do so.

Click below to take the training! 

I Heart Consent Training: This training promotes informed and inclusive conversations around consent, through inclusive sex and relationship education to combat sexual harassment, assault & victim blaming. The training aims to create a positive consent culture on campus and beyond.

Click below to take the training! 

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