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. This policy covers both staff and students. We have also produced Guidance for Staff and Students, which provides practical advice around responding to an incident and signposting to appropriate supports.

GCU has a team of First Responders who have received training in listening and responding to disclosures of gender based violence. They can provide information and signposting to sources of support both internally and externally. This resource is available to both staff and students.

For the purpose of this policy, we draw on the Scottish Government’s Violence Against Women definition of gender based violence:

  • Physical, sexual and psychological violence occurring in the family, within the general community or in institutions, including: domestic abuse, rape, incest and child sexual abuse;
  • Sexual harassment and intimidation at work and in the public sphere; commercial sexual exploitation including prostitution, pornography and trafficking;
  • Dowry related violence;
  • Forced and child marriages;
  • Honour crimes;
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

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

GCU Supports for Staff and Students

Gender Based Violence Policy

Gender Based Violence Policy for both staff and students

Gender Based Violence Student and Staff Guidance which provides practical advice around responding to an incident and signposting to appropriate supports.

 

First Responders

GCU has a team of First Responders who have received training in listening and responding to disclosures of gender based violence. They can provide information and signposting to sources of support both internally and externally. This resource is available to both staff and students, and you can find the information for this below.

 

Other GCU Support

GCU's 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 the First Responders anytime. 

 

Adrian_220x220Adrian Lui 

E: A.Lui@gcu.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackie_220x220Jackie Main

E: Jackie.Main@GCU.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie_220x220Katy Proctor

E: Katy.Proctor@gcu.ac.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avril_220x220Avril Williams

E:A.Williams@gcu.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meg_220x220Meg MacDonald 

E: Meg.MacDonald@gcu.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen_220x220Karen Lorimer

E:Karen.Lorimer@gcu.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruth_220x220Ruth Lightbody

E: Ruth.Lightbody@gcu.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pete_220x220Peter Yetton

E:Peter.Yetton@gcu.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesley_220x220Lesley McMillan

E: Lesley.McMillan@gcu.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate_220x220Kate Thomson

E: kate.thomson@gcu.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirsty_220x220Kirsty McGregor 

E: Kirsty.McGregor@gcu.ac.uk

GCU Supports for Students Only

GCU Student Wellbeing Team

The GCU Wellbeing Team: Counselling, Wellbeing and Mental Health Support is available to all undergraduate and postgraduate students at the university.

 

GCU Students' Association Advice Centre

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

 

Nightline

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.

GCU Supports for Staff Only

PAM Assist

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

External Sources of Support (Staff and Students)

Awareness Raising/Campaigning Organisations

Enough!

Enough! is a resource from Glasgow Women’s Aid to empower women and encourage healthy relationships. They have produced a short Leaflet and Poster

 

White Ribbon

White Ribbon Scotland is a campaign to involve men in tackling violence against women. They work with the White Ribbon Campaign and have recently produced the Men Ending Violence: A lockdown toolkit

 

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. 

 

The Women's Support Project

The Women’s Support 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.

BAME Supports

Women's Aid

Women's Aid work to ensure women are believed, know abuse is not their fault and that their experiences have been understood.

 

AMINA 

Amina is an inclusive organisation that empowers and supports Muslim and BME women to create an inclusive Scotland in which they can contribute fully.

 

The 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

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. 

Children and Young People

The Rosey Project

The Rosey Project is the Support and Prevention Programme for young people at Glasgow Rape Crisis, providing support and education to young people aged 13-25

 

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. 

 

The Survivors' Trust

The Survivors’ Trust provides free information, advice and emotional support across the UK. Phone: 08088 010 818 (Monday -Thursday: 10am - 6pm and Fri: 10am - 2pm)

 

Childline

Childline is a counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC.

Families

The Daisy Project

The Daisy Project provides an integrated domestic abuse advocacy and support service to families across the South of Glasgow. 

 

Glasgow East Women’s Aid

Glasgow East Women’s Aid provide support for women, children and young people who are affected by domestic abuse.

Legal Advice/Advocacy Services

ASSIST

ASSIST provides support to families going through the Domestic Abuse Courts.

 

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

 

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.

LGBT+ Supports

Galop 

Galop is a 24-hr LGBTQI domestic and sexual violence helpline. Call: 0800 999 5428

 

FearFree

FearFree provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland who identify as a man or from the LGBT+ community.

 

Survivors UK

Survivors UK helps male, trans, and non-binary victims of sexual abuse as well as their friends and family. If you're aged 13 - 18 you can get support Monday - Sunday between 12pm and 8pm via:

Online chat
WhatsApp: 07491816064
Text: 020 3322 1860

Men’s Helplines

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.

 

AMIS Helpline 

Any man, anywhere in Scotland, can access the AMIS National helpline on 0808 800 0024. Calls to the helpline are confidential (unless they feel that you or anyone else is in danger of serious harm). You do not have to give your name or any personal details. The helpline is free to call from landlines, BT payphones and most UK mobiles (O2, EE, Virgin Mobile and 3). As the helpline is an ‘0808’ special Freephone tariff number, it will not appear on your phone bill. AMIS provide a safe space to discuss your concerns and work together to explore the options that work best for you.

 

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

 

FearFree

FearFree provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland who identify as a man or from the LGBT+ community.

 

Survivors UK

Survivors UK helps male, trans, and non-binary victims of sexual abuse as well as their friends and family. If you're aged 13 - 18 you can get support Monday - Sunday between 12pm and 8pm via:

Online chat
WhatsApp: 07491816064
Text: 020 3322 1860

Pornography

Revenge pornography is illegal.

Contact the Revenge Porn helpline at help@revengepornhelpline.org.uk

Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm

Reporting to the Police

You can find information and support at Police Scotland's webpages, and Young Scot's Information and Support after Rape or Sexual Assault Webpage.

Sexual Assault/Sexual Health

Archway 

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

 

Sandyford

Sandyford is the specialist sexual health service for Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Stalking

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. 

 

MyGovt Stalking Support

MyGovt Stalking Support provides information and support for those impacted by Stalking. 

 

 

Therapeutic Services/Counselling

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. 

Women and Girls

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Say Women

Say Women offers safe semi-supported accommodation and emotional support for young women aged 16 to 25 who are survivors of sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault and who are homeless, or threatened with homelessness.

 

Glasgow East Women’s Aid

Glasgow East Women’s Aid provide support for women, children and young people who are affected by domestic abuse.

 

National Domestic Abuse Helpline 

Refuge provide a freephone, 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline and Online Chat Facility. 

Educational Resources for Staff/Students

Staff Training Resource: Preventing and Responding to GBV
GCU and the University of the Highlands and Islands are two of seventeen Scottish universities that have come together to create and fund access to a new training course to help prevent and eradicate gender-based violence in colleges and universities.   
 
Building on the work of the Scottish Government’s Equally Safe national strategy and carried out in partnership with AMOSSHE- Scotland, the student services organisation, it is the first open access resource which has been tailored to assist all Scottish colleges and universities implement training for their staff. 
 
Course aims:
• To develop participants’ understanding of the nature, extent and impact of Gender-based violence;
• To demonstrate how GBV affects staff and students in colleges and universities;
• To offer guidance on responding sensitively to disclosures.
Click Educational Resources

Click Magazine

What is Click Magazine?

Click Magazine is a creative platform from CLiCK for women with lived experience of selling or exchanging sex in Scotland to share their needs and experiences in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

This platform aims to take the voices of women to the people making decisions that affect women’s lives right now to shape Scotland’s support and policy landscape as the country begins the process of learning to live with coronavirus.

Click Cast is a monthly podcast series, hosted by Anna (CLiCK Development Worker) and Shannon (CLiCK Resource and Information Officer), which explores the needs of women in Scotland’s sex industry in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In each episode, we hear from women with lived experience and from key support services in Scotland in order to ask what is being done – and what needs to change –  to best meet the needs of women in Scotland’s sex industry.

 

Together Alone Wellbeing Project and Self-Care Toolkit

For many women in the sex industry, the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating feelings of stigma, loneliness, and social isolation. Together, Alone is our wellbeing based arts project which aims to foster a sense of community and solidarity by building a “self-care toolkit”. We invite women to creatively share what self-care means to them. What works? What doesn’t work? And where self-care doesn’t go far enough, what needs to be done to better support the mental wellbeing of women? Women will be able to access free masterclasses with women artists to explore creativity in a variety of mediums, including photography, painting, and illustration.

 

RISE
Women’s voices and experiences must be part of shaping Scotland’s support and policy landscape as we begin living in a “new normal”. RISE is our survey platform where we ask about your views and opinions on a range of topics. What would the ideal support service look like? How can reporting pathways be improved? How can we work to make camming and private gallery platforms safer? These are just some of the questions we hope to explore with women to take your voices and experiences to the people who are making decisions, right now.

Survey: Checking In

 

Your Voice

Your Voice is a space for women to explore their needs, concerns, and experiences during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. By working directly with Anna (CLiCK Development Worker), women can be a part of improving CLiCK and other services for women, with the opportunity to explore creative ways of making their voice heard in a way that works for them.

Personal Safety Apps and Technology

#ThatsNotOk: Personal Safety Apps & Tech

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. The resource has a section on Personal Safety Apps & Tech