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 Policy to 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. 

‌Adrian Lui 164 x 164
People Services WH 1st Floor
0141 273 1356




220 x 220Jackie Main
0141 273 1790






199 x 199Caroline Miller
0141 273 1613





katy proctorKaty Proctor
E: Katy.
0141 331 8119




221 x 220Avril Williams
Skype Room 2
Campus Life
0141 331 8082







meg macdonaldMeg MacDonald
0141 331 8687







karen lorimerKaren Lorimer 
0141 331 8860







ruth lightbodyRuth Lightbody
0141 331 8797







melanie armstrongMelanie Armstrong
People Services WH 1st Floor
0141 273 1353








pete yettonPeter Yetton
VISA Department, Campus Life
0141 273 1026







smhws-lesleyLesley McMillan‌‌                                                                                                                    
0141 331 8284‌‌







smhws-maraMara Dougall                                                                                                                                                                                                ‌
0141 331 8805







smhws-kateKate Thomson                                                                                                                                                                                                    ‌
0141 273 1119







Frank Brown                                                                                                                                                                                              smhws-frank
Skype Room 3
0141 273 1268



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 Helpline will run every Wednesday afternoon from 1.30pm – 4.30pm Tel: 08088 010 789

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.