Harassment & Abuse

Harassment can take many forms including bullying, stalking, and sexual and relationship abuse. It can affect you deeply, and should be taken very seriously. There are many resources throughout the University and city to support you. You will have a Harassment Advisor in your College or Department. For further information, please contact OUSU’s Student Advice Service, who can guide you through the process.

Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Stalking are crimes and can be reported to the police. Call 999 for emergencies, or 101 for non-emergencies. If you are frightened, the police can help you.

College Resources

If you need to speak with someone urgently about an incident you have recently experienced College staff will recognise the code word SOLACE and can direct you to the Solace centre. Solace centres are sexual assault referral centres staffed by a range of specialist and experienced professionals including doctors and counsellors who will offer you crisis support and advice.

University Resources

You can view the Univerity’s Harrasment Policy here. Most colleges and departments have a Harassment Advisor who will be able to advise you on the range of options available to you. If you prefer you can contact the network administrator here:

Harassment Advisors tel: 01865270760 or email

These services may also be useful to you:

Counselling Service tel: 01865 270300 or email
Nightline tel: 01865 27027016 (8pm-8am in term)

Independent Advice

If you have concerns or want more information contact the Student Advice Service.


The Vice President (Women) is available to speak with anyone wanting to campaign in College on issues connected with harassment. It Happens Here is an OUSU campaign raising awareness of sexual abuse and violence.
Local Resources

Domestic Abuse Oxfordshire

Oxford Sexual Assault and Rape Crisis Centre tel: 01865 726295 (Monday & Thursday: 6.30pm-9.00pm; Friday, 11.00am – 2.00pm; Sunday, 6.00pm – 8.30pm) or email
Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline – tel: 0800 731 055 ( Monday-Friday, 8.00am – 6.00pm; Saturday, 10.00am – 4.00pm. This is free and will not show on your telephone bill)

National Resources

Protection Against Stalking – email
Rape Crisis England and Wales – tel: 0808 802 9999 (12.00pm – 2.30pm; 7.00pm – 9.30pm)
National Stalking Helpline – tel: 0808 802 0300 or email