The Universities Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence project is a partnership of seven universities across the UK, Greece, Italy and Spain, with associate partners from all these countries plus Latvia and Serbia. Each partner university has developed, piloted and evaluated a training programme for staff on receiving disclosures of sexual violence from students.
This report covers training delivered during 2017 to staff at Sussex and Brighton Universities. The training was preceded by a needs analysis at Sussex, which included a questionnaire completed by 300 students and focus groups with students and staff. This exercise indicated that students at Sussex lacked awareness of who to disclose to, and that staff required support to handle these disclosures.