If you have experienced sexual abuse or know someone who has then support and advice is vital in dealing with the traumatic effects of this crime. A new service, available on campus, will help you come to terms with what has happened.

The Blue Door will be available to provide advice, guidance, and support to those who have experienced sexual abuse, regardless of whether the incident has been reported to the police. They will also be available to provide support for friends and supporters of those who have been abused.

The services offered will include advice on what will happen if you choose to report it to the police and support through the court and investigation. In addition, they can offer support for a huge variety of things outside of the criminal justice system, such as; safety and security, housing, advocacy with other services, arranging and accompanying individuals to appointments, and providing information about (and referrals to) other specialist support services (such as counselling).

To access the service go to the 2nd floor AskHU desk, within the Student Union building, between 2pm and 4pm on Fridays and ask for The Blue Door. You will then be advised of when you will be seen that afternoon. The Blue Door will also offer designated appointments between 9am and 2pm on campus every Friday for those requiring ongoing support. For more information about The Blue Door, visit their website. This new service starts on the 18th November 2016.