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Black & Blue: Support on Lockdown

Black & Blue: Believe Me Now? is NUSU’s campaign that aims to raise awareness of the around abuse, harassment, and violence. Initially led by Eleasha Haslam (NUSU Marginalised Genders Officer 2019/20), this campaign will educate on the signs and severity of the issue whilst putting survivors at the centre of the conversation, encouraging and empowering everyone to own their narratives as we stand in solidarity.

Support on Lockdown:

Abuse, harassment, and violence is not always visible and is quite often hidden behind closed doors and away from the public eye. However, this doesn’t mean signs should be ignored. We encourage and empower everyone to own their narrative, something that might be even more difficult during this ‘lockdown’ period, we hope this is helpful.

We know that this is an extremely difficult time for many and a lot of people have moved back to environments that may not be the safest for them. Abuse can be prevalent in many different forms, including physical, psychological, financial, sexual, emotional, and harassment, and of course there are less visible forms of abuse too such as threats and jokes. Abuse may have intensified because of the ‘lockdown’ rules, changed in form because you are not now living with the abuser or changed because of new pressures such as financial worries.

Support will be provided throughout this and will also focus on the groups of students who need to access specific support groups- but the most important thing is that survivors are central to the conversation and we stand in solidarity with everyone. There is help for everyone who needs it. This government webpage is dedicated to offering bespoke support during the Corona outbreak.

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Specific Resources

In addition to the action on campus, we have created a useful resources section. This section is not intended to replace the importance of signposting to and seeking professional help.

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Student Advice Centre

Our Student Advice Centre helps with a whole range of personal queries or concerns and so if you would like to book an appointment with an Adviser at the Student Advice Centre, send us an email or give us a call on 0191 2393979.  We can offer skype or telephone appointments. For general information, check out the Advice Centre here