The briefing contains practical guidance for universities to support their staff and students experiencing domestic and technology-mediated abuse, as well as a number of case studies featuring examples of how universities have adapted over the last six months to continue supporting students, staff, and members of the wider community.
The pandemic has resulted in changes to student living arrangements, with some students returning to their parental home, and others such as international students, care leavers or estranged students remaining or moving into university accommodation. Alongside these developments, there have been significant increases in the levels of domestic and technology-mediated abuse in society.
Nicole Jacobs, Designate Commissioner for Domestic Abuse said:
“I really welcome this briefing from Universities UK, which brings together important information and resources. We all have a role to play in responding to domestic abuse, and I welcome the commitment from Universities UK to doing its part.
“Universities UK has shown how important it is to reach out to students, staff, and their local communities to raise awareness of domestic abuse and identify and support victims and survivors. Its focus on domestic abuse during this particularly difficult and dangerous time is particularly needed, and I look forward to continuing to work with Universities UK on this agenda.”