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Gender Based Violence

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Gender based violence is an issue that our universities and colleges are concerned about.  Research suggests that as many as 1 in 4 female students experience unwanted sexual behaviour during their studies. Colleges and universities are working to prevent gender based violence and we want to encourage people to make disclosures and ensure they receive the support they want. You might have a role in intervention.

By ‘gender based violence’ we mean a spectrum of behaviour that starts with objectification and unwanted comments and includes - intimidation, harassment, domestic abuse, physical and emotional abuse, sexual assault, rape and murder. The term also includes commercial sexual exploitation and so called 'honour based' violence, including, female genital mutilation, forced marriages and 'honour' crimes.

Scotland uses the term gender based violence because women and girls are much more likely to experience it as a result of continued inequality in our society. However, the term is not exclusive of other people. It does recognise that men and the LGBT+ community can be victims too.

If the situation is immediate, call the Police on 999.

#erasethegrey Campaign

During the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence Campaign we are joining our colleagues in colleges and universities in the west of Scotland in the #erasethegrey campaign. This campaign was launched by Glasgow Caledonian University and  each day we'll highlight a new message on our Twitter account and on the Student Services channels across campus. These messages challenge stereotypical attitudes and behaviours towards gender-based violence and highlights a zero-tolerance approach to GBV. To see our campaign on Twitter, follow us @cogcadvisors. 

Gender Based Violence Information Resources

There are a number of organisations who can provide support for those experiencing gender based violence. If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, please use these contacts for advice and support. 

Scotland's Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline 
Tel: 0800 027 1234 

Glasgow Women's Aid
Tel: 0141 553 2022​

Tel: 0808 801 0301

Tel: 0808 2000 247

The Daisy Project
Tel: 0141 634 4053

Hemat Gryffe
Tel: 0141 353 0859

White Ribbon
The WRC is the largest effort in the world of men working to end men’s violence against women.

Mens Advice Line
Tel: 0808 801 0327

Abused Men in Scotland (AMIN)
Tel: 0808 800 0024