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:
This list is not exhaustive and there may be other measures that can be tailored to individual circumstances of the person involved.
During this challenging time of social distancing and remaining at home, we recognise that home may not be a safe place for many people.
If you are experiencing gender-based violence at home then please know there are still support services available that you can access, including the following organisations:
Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire & East Renfrewshire
Scottish Women’s Aid
Scotland’s National Domestic Abuse & Forced Marriage
Lanarkshire Rape Crisis
MASH Men as Survivors Helpline
The College’s student counselling service continues to be available and we are now providing an online and phone based service.
To arrange an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the Guidance & Advice Team will contact you.
For further information on the Counselling service please visit: https://www.slc.ac.uk/counselling/