If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 999 (or 112 from a mobile).

If an incident has just happened, try and find somewhere that feels safe.

Remember that actual or threatened physical violence is against the University’s rules. We expect all members of the University community to treat others with dignity and respect.


Get support from a friend or trusted family member. Confiding in someone may help you to deal with the immediate situation and may calm your mind. 


If someone tells you they think they’ve experienced actual or threated physical violence, just taking the time to listen to someone and talk about what has happened can help. These active listening tips might help you support them. Based on the Samaritans guidelines for active listening, SpunOut.ie has a useful blog post on how to actively listen.

  • Give options. When they’ve finished talking, ask them if they’re okay to talk through some possible options for support or how they might report what has happened.
  • Help them to report if that is what they want to do.

Look after of yourself

It is important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, confidential help is available.

Report it

  • If you’re the victim of actual or threatened physical violence and your assailant is a member of the University community, we want to know about it. We expect everyone to treat others with dignity and respect, and act in a way that is safe. We’ll take your report very seriously and act on it if we can. 
  • You can phone 101 (or 999 if it’s urgent) to report an incident to the police, or you can contact the University’s Campus Police Officer via the 9999 UWE Bristol Gatehouse telephone number.
  • You can also tell us about an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can report anonymously or provide us with contact details. If you give details, we’ll get in touch to discuss the potential next steps. This could include you making a formal report.

There are two ways you can tell us what happened