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Breaking the silence - preventing harassment and sexual misconduct


Dignity at Work

Dignity @ Work Contacts  provide confidential advice to those who feel that they are experiencing difficult working relationships, including bullying or harassment. If you would like to talk confidentially to a Dignity @ Work Contact, you should call (7)65031 which is a confidential voice-mail number and leave your name and contact details, or email with your name and contact details.

Staff training on student disclosures of sexual assault

The University runs regular sessions for College and University staff regarding how to appropriately respond to a disclosure of sexual violence. The sessions includes information about the prevalence and attitudes around sexual violence, as well as the College and University systems in place to support and investigate any sexual violence. Sessions will be advertised on the PPD pages. 

University Counselling Service

The Staff Counselling Service is available free of charge to all staff who hold a University contract of employment: academic, academic-related, assistant, research and technical.  The Service is staffed by professionally accredited, and widely experienced Staff Counsellors. All are used to helping people from many different backgrounds and cultures and with a wide range of personal issues.

Wellbeing Advocates

The University is committed to providing a healthy and fulfilling working environment and improving the quality of working lives for all staff. A network of Wellbeing Advocates, supported by the HR Division, has been established to address key  issues. The trained voluntary advocates will provide information to staff on local and University wellbeing activities and be a source of advice and guidance, including about staff support services, mental health and dignity at work issues.


Where do you draw the line? training 

‘Where do you draw the line?’ is 90 minute training session that is delivered by members of the E&D team and PPD to an individual department with the support of the Head of Department. The training offers individual departments the opportunity to undertake a collective analysis of the individual and contextual factors that might create and perpetuate a work environment in which harassment and bullying occur and empower participants to work collaboratively to address this. The training will be delivered in a safe and supportive environment and is offered to all University staff members. The participation of a range of staff groups in the training is encouraged. 

Support training provided by Personal and Professional Development (PPD)


External sources of support

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre

Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre (link to www) offers support to women and girls who have experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse or any other form of sexual violence.

They are a confidential and non-judgemental service run for women by women.

They can also support family, friends and professionals who are supporting a survivor.


Cambridge Women's Aid provides dedicated and specialist services to women and children affected by domestic abuse:


The Samaritans offer a safe place to talk at any time. Tel 116 123


Stop online abuse

Online abuse can come in different forms. It is never acceptable. People have the right to expect the same standards of behaviour online as those expected in face-to-face interactions. If something is illegal, unfair or unacceptable face-to-face, then it is illegal, unfair or unacceptable online. More information and support are available at


Survivors UK - male rape and sexual abuse  

Survivors UK, based in London, offer individual counselling for adult men (18 and over) who have experienced sexual abuse at any time in their lives. They also offer telephone and online counselling with limited places, clients outside of London are prioritised for these services.

Tel: 02035983898