Gender Based Violence

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Gender-based Violence

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

The College works with Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis and Women's Aid to support students impacted by gender-based violence. 

You can find more information on supporting organisations further down this page. 

What is gender-based violence?

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. 

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.

Reporting a concern to the College

You can use our Report and Support tool to report something that has happened. Our online Report and Support tool provides a straightforward way to report any inappropriate behaviour; whether it is gender-based violence, harassment or any other form of discrimination. You can report anonymously or provide your name and contact details to be kept informed of the next steps and to receive the support you require. We encourage individuals to come forward to let us know what has happened. We proactively investigate and involve external agencies authorities when it is appropriate.

We understand that individuals may be concerned that by reporting an incident, they will be 'outed' to their peers and college staff. Your information is confidential and will not be shared with anyone beyond the scope of the report. This will include the Administrator of Report and Support and the Student Advisor who will be assigned to support you. You will be informed of any other individuals who need to know about the report such as the Associate Dean investigating the complaint.

There has been a lot of press about non-disclosure agreements. Please note, we do not use non-disclosure agreements for students. 

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

Support on campus

Our Student Advisors are here to support students throughout their time at college and work with the individual to provide the right support at the right time. This may include:

  • Referrals to other services.
  • Support with taking time off or introducing flexibility in attendance.
  • Working with your lecturers to ensure a study support plan is in place for you. 
  • Help with accessing additional/repeat funding and advice.
  • Guidance and financial support on finding alternative accommodation.
  • Liaison with the Front of House team if the perpetrator is known to come to the campus.

Our services are available to all students of any background, protected characteristics, or stage/mode of study. Service provision will depend on individual needs and circumstances, including location of study

The Student Advisors provide a drop-in service in our confidential spaces within Student Services at both campuses. 

  • City Campus, Room C.02.120: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8.45am-4.30pm and Wednesday and Friday 12pm-4.30p.
  • Riverside Campus, Room R.00.023: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8.45am-4.30pm and Wednesday and Friday 12pm-4.30pm. This office closes for lunch from 1pm-2pm.

We also work in partnership with Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis to offer on-campus support to students who are survivors of sexual assault and rape. A Support Worker from Rape Crisis is available on-campus each Monday offering one-to-one sessions. The service is open to any student survivor. To access the service, students can email or speak to a Student Advisor. Your information is treated confidentially and will only be shared with the Rape Crisis Support Worker. 

Gender Based Violence 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 

Rape Crisis Scotland
Tel: 08088 010302

Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis
Tel: 08088 00 00 14

Glasgow Women's Aid
Tel: 0141 553 2022​

Tel: 0808 801 0301

Galop (LGBTQ+)
Tel: 0800 999 5428

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 (AMIS)
Tel: 0808 800 0024 


#erasethegrey Campaign

During the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence Campaign we joined 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 highlighted 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 X (formerly Twitter), follow us @cogcstuservices

#GetConsent Campaign

Police Scotland have launched a new website and online campaign #getconsent to highlight the growing issue of rape. Perpetrators are the only people responsible for a rape. Whatever the circumstances, whether someone is unable to give consent because they are drunk or sleeping, without consent, it is rape. To learn more about the campaign visit We Can Stop It. We're supporting this campaign on our social media. You can follow us @cogcstuservices on X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram.