Equally Safe – Gender Based Violence Prevention

Equally Safe – Gender Based Violence Prevention

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.

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 are currently finalising a college Gender Based Violence Prevention Policy and Strategy.

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.

Useful Links

Equally Safe: National Strategy
https://www.gov.scot/publications/equally-safe/

Women’s Aid
https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire & East Renfewshire
http://www.wasl.org.uk/

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

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

Police Scotland
https://www.scotland.police.uk/

https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/advice-for-victims-of-crime/domestic-abuse/reporting-domestic-abuse/

https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/advice-for-victims-of-crime/

Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline
www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
Tel: 0808 2000 247

Victim Support Scotland
www.victimsupportsco.org.uk/
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
https://abusedmeninscotland.org
0808 800 0024

MASH Men As Survivors Helpline
https://survivorsuk.org
0117 907 7100

LGBT Youth Scotland
www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/
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
www.suzylamplugh.org
Helpline Number – 0808 802 0300
Email: info@stalkinghelpline.org

Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid
www.hematgryffe.org.uk
0141 353 0859

Shakti Women’s Aid
https://shaktieedinburgh.co.uk
0131 475 2399

Forced Marriage Unit
www.gov.uk/guidance/forced-marriage
020 7008 0151
From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 0151
Email: fmu@fco.gov.uk

Breathing Space
https://www.breathingspace.scot
0800 83 85 87

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