Gender Based and Sexual Violence

We recognise that gender based violence is a problem within our society, which is being tackled by organisations across the UK. We have also created a Gender Based Violence Policyto ensure we provide a consistent, caring, and timely response when any member of our University community is affected by such violence.

Below you will find a number of support services available within the University and externally:

First Responders

Our First Responder Team have been trained in supporting and advising survivors of gender based and sexual violence. You can contact any of the First Responders using the details below. Information will be treated as confidential, unless there is a serious risk of harm to yourself or others. You can email, phone or visit the First Responders anytime. 


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End GBV UK Resources

End GBV UK is a website which outlines support for those impacted by Gender Based Violence, Supporting someone else, and Support during Covid-19. 


Nightline is a confidential telephone, text, and online listening and information service run by trained students for the students of Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde Universities.

GCUSA Advice Centre

The Advice Centre provides a free, non-judgemental and confidential service to all GCU students.


Our counselling service is available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at the university.

PAM Assist (for staff counselling and advice)

PAM Assist offer GCU staff access to a free confidential support service with trained counsellors and advisers.

Chaplaincy Team

A dedicated team of volunteer Chaplains who are there to support students' and staff's spiritual wellbeing and provide guidance and support.

Mental Health Adviser

The Mental Health Advisers provides support to students experiencing mental health difficulties or to those who have a history of mental health problems.


Rape Crisis Glasgow

Rape Crisis Glasgow provides a free and confidential support service to women and girls who have experienced rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse.

Archway Sexual Assault Referral Centre

Archway provides sensitive support and physical examination for men and women who have been raped.

Victim Support Scotland

Victim Support provides victims with free and confidential emotional and practical assistance and information about the criminal justice system. Trained volunteers and staff deliver this assistance throughout Scotland. There is a Victim Support office in every local authority area.

Scottish Women's Aid

The Women’s Aid network supports women, children and young people, who have experienced domestic abuse across Scotland by promoting women and children’s rights, providing services and advice to members and ensuring that services are available to women, children and young people with experience of domestic abuse.


There is also a Women's Aid Survivors' Forum for women (over 18) who have been affected by domestic abuse to share their experiences and support one another.

Abused Men in Scotland

Abused Men in Scotland provide direct support to men experiencing domestic abuse, as well as helping to improve mainstream service responses and campaigning for further inclusion of male victims in the wider narrative on domestic abuse.

National Stalking Helpline

This is a national helpline to specialise in providing information and guidance to victims of harassment and stalking as well as their friends and family.

Women's Support Project

The project works to raise awareness of the extent, causes and effect of male violence against women, and for improved services for those affected by violence.

Action Against Stalking

Action Against Stalking is a UK-wide charity which champions the rights of stalking victims and supports those who are or have been victims of stalking. 

Galop - LGBTQI Support

Galop is a 24-hr LGBTQI domestic and sexual violence helpline.

Call: 0800 999 5428


Scottish Women's Rights Centre

This centre is based at Strathclyde University within their Law Clinic. It is a partnership project between Rape Crisis Scotland, the University of Strathclyde and the Legal Services Agency.

The centre was created to ensure that women in Scotland who have or are experiencing gender based violence are able to access timely and appropriate legal advice and information. 

The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre is open at the following times, and information can also be found at their Website.  

Legal information
Monday          2 - 5 pm
Tuesday         6 - 8 pm
Wednesday   11 am - 2 pm
Friday             10 am - 1 pm

Advocacy support
Tuesday         11 am - 2 pm

Sexual harassment service
Thursday       5 - 8 pm



Forced Marriage Unit

The Forced Marriage Unit provides support and advice if you are trying to stop a forced marriage or need help leaving a marriage you have been forced into.

Shakti Women's Aid

Shakti Women's Aid provide help for black minority ethnic women, children and young people who are experiencing, or who have experienced, domestic abuse. 

Hemat Gryffe- Asian, Black and Minority Ethnic Women’s Aid Group

Hemat Gryffe is based in Glasgow and offers support and refuge to Asian, Black and Minority Ethnic women and young people in relation to domestic abuse, FGM and forced marriage. 

The Survivors' Trust

The Survivors’ Trust provides free information, advice and emotional support across the UK. 

Phone: 08088 010 818

Monday -Thursday: 10am - 6pm

Fri: 10am - 2pm


Speak out Scotland

Speak Out Scotland (SOS) is a non-profit charity that provides free, open-ended complex trauma therapy for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). 

Trauma Counselling Line Scotland

Trauma Counselling Line Scotland provides a free telephone counselling service for adults who experienced abuse in childhood. 

Young Scot - That's Not Ok
Young Scot and Scottish Government have launched a new resource developed in partnership with Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish Women's Aid. This resource – called #ThatsNotOK – provides young people with information about different forms of gender-based violence, healthy relationships and consent, and signposts where they get additional support.