The Mandala Project: We will listen. We can support you.
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The Mandala Project can signpost DMU Students towards practical support if you have experienced;
- Sexual violence, including rape and sexual assault
- Domestic abuse including so called ‘honour crime’, forced marriage and coercive control
- Sexual harassment including stalking, unwanted contact, abusive language and behaviours on campus which create an intimidating environment
Contact the Mandala Project
Please contact us by phone on 0116 207 8309 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your appointment. We aim to respond to your query as soon as possible and are available 9-5 weekdays when DMU is open. Outside of these times please call DMU Security on 0116 2577642.
Urgent support options
If you are in an emergency situation and need support call 999 now.
If you need urgent Mental Health support please follow the advice provided by our wellbeing team.
If you are in Leicestershire and have experienced a sexual assault or rape within the last 7 days please call Juniper Lodge for advice on 0116 273 3330 as soon as you are able to. If you are not in Leicestershire, you can find details of a local Sexual Assault referral centre near to your home via the NHS website.
Outside of DMU, UAVA offer residents of Leicestershire a helpline from 8-8 Monday to Saturday on 0808 80 200 28 and can advise regarding any aspect of recent or historic sexual violence, domestic violence or ‘honour’ abuse. UAVA can refer you to local specialist services tailored to your situation.
ANI Codeword scheme
If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need immediate help, ask for ‘ANI’ in a participating pharmacy. ‘ANI’ stands for Action Needed Immediately but also phonetically sounds like the name Annie. If a pharmacy has the ‘Ask for ANI’ logo on display, it means they’re ready to help. They will offer you a private space, provide a phone and ask if you need support from the police or other domestic abuse support services. More information can be found here Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Qwell offers free, confidential, anonymous counselling support online to anyone aged 18 plus affected by sexual or domestic violence. Online counselling from a professional BACP qualified team is available via 1-1 text based chat sessions on a drop in basis or via booked sessions. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10pm at weekends, every day of the year including Christmas.
No referral is required. Qwell support is available now by visiting www.qwell.io. Select Leicestershire Victims First from the drop down menu to register.
If you choose to contact the Mandala Project, our responders will discuss your options with you so that you can make decisions about the support you need. They can also outline your options to report to the police or make a formal report to DMU so that you can start internal disciplinary procedures if you decide that is what you would like to do.