Equally Safe – Gender Based Violence Prevention

Equally Safe – Gender Based Violence Prevention

At South Lanarkshire College, our vision is for all staff and students to prosper and flourish in a safe, supportive, inclusive learning environment. To help us achieve this vision we have produced a Gender Based Violence Prevention & Support Policy and Strategy.

South Lanarkshire College has a zero-tolerance approach to all instances of gender-based violence. In keeping with the Equally Safe initiative developed by the Scottish Government and COSLA, in addition to various external partners, the College is committed to securing a future where gender-based violence no longer exists. We adopt the Scottish Government’s definition that gender-based violence describes a range of behaviours which includes: intimidation, harassment, online abuse, intimate image sharing, domestic abuse, physical and emotional abuse, stalking, sexual assault and murder. The term also includes commercial sexual exploitation and so-called ‘honour based’ violence, including, female genital mutilation, forced marriages and ‘honour’ crimes. Although gender-based violence affects more women and girls, it is important to note it also impacts men and those in the LGBT+ community.

If you have experienced gender-based violence we would encourage you to report the incident to a member of staff that you are comfortable with. This may be through Guidance Tutors or directly with a member of the Guidance and Support staff in the Student Services Department. Immediate support will be provided to you and a referral to external specialised services may be made, if necessary. In addition to this, arrangements can be made to access in-house support services such as the Student Counselling Service. Alternatively, you can email the dedicated Student.Support@slc.ac.uk email and a member of the Student Services team will contact you directly.

The College will respond sympathetically, confidentially and effectively to anyone who discloses an incident of gender-based violence. This support may include the following:

  • Agreed periods of absence (Authorised Absences for students) for relevant appointments, including for example support agencies, solicitors, to attend counselling, to rearrange housing or childcare and for court appointments.
  • Where possible, give favourable consideration to temporary changes to attendance, work arrangements and workload.
  • Approve requests for an advance of pay or bursary/discretionary support.
  • Arrange access to counselling support services during college time and other internal support services.
  • Review the security of information held such as temporary or new addresses, bank or healthcare details.
  • Alert reception and security staff where the alleged perpetrator is known to come to the College.
  • Implement particular security arrangements that may have to be put in place to ensure the safety of the person concerned.
  • Record any threatening or violent incidents by the perpetrator that takes place in the College.

This list is not exhaustive and there may be other measures that can be tailored to individual circumstances of the person involved.

EmilyTest GBV Charter

 As part of our commitment to tackling GBV, South Lanarkshire College is undertaking the full EmilyTest GBV Charter.   EmilyTest is a Scottish Government-funded charity working to improve gender-based violence prevention, intervention and support in further and higher education.  The charity was established after the death of undergraduate student, Emily Drouet, after she was subjected to a campaign of GBV from a fellow student.   The EmilyTest GBV Charter is the first of its kind in the world and was launched in December 2021.  At the heart of the GBV Charter is Emily’s story and the question posed to all institutions who undertake it is “Would your institution have saved Emily’s life?”

The College was a participant of the recent EmilyTest Pilot Charter as one of only two colleges in Scotland.  We greatly appreciated the opportunity to learn and reflect on the support we provide our students and staff in relation to instances of GBV.   We will continue to build upon the support available to our students and staff whilst working on the GBV Charter and beyond.  Information about the work being carried out is available in the Student Handbook, Student Association updates and on our social media channels.  If you would like to learn more or need to speak with someone then please email the Student Services team at student.support@slc.ac.uk

Further details on EmilyTest are available here: https://www.south-lanarkshire-college.ac.uk/home/equally-safe-gender-based-violence-prevention/

Useful Links

Equally Safe: National Strategy

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire & East Renfewshire

Rape Crisis Scotland
General Enquiries – 0141 331 4180 Helpline Number – 08088 01 03 02
Email: support@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk

Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre
01698 872 298
Email: info@lanrcc.org.uk

Police Scotland

Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline
Tel: 0808 2000 247

Victim Support Scotland
Helpline Mon – Fri 8am – 8pm 0800 160 1985

Victim Support South Lanarkshire
T: 01698 301 111 / 01698 336565
Email: victimsupport.southlanarkshire@victimsupportsco.org.uk

AMIS Abused Men in Scotland
0808 800 0024

MASH Men As Survivors Helpline
0117 907 7100

LGBT Youth Scotland
0141 552 7425
Email: info@lgbtyouth.org.uk

LGBT Domestic Abuse Project
Email: info@lgbtyouth.org.uk

Galop LGBT+
National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
Email: help@galop.org.uk

National Stalking Helpline
Helpline Number – 0808 802 0300
Email: info@stalkinghelpline.org

Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid
0141 353 0859

Shakti Women’s Aid
0131 475 2399

Forced Marriage Unit
020 7008 0151
From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 0151
Email: fmu@fco.gov.uk

Breathing Space
0800 83 85 87

The Samaritans
Freephone Helpline – 116 123
Email: jo@samaritans.org