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Elaine

Student Advice Coordinator

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What is:

Appeals Gender Based Violence

Complaints Domestic Abuse

Disciplinaries Sexual Violence

Gender Based Violence (GBV) broadly refers to various forms of violence which are rooted in gender inequality. Forms of GBV can include, but are not limited to, rape, sexual assault, domestic abuse, forced marriage, stalking, FGM, harassment and exploitation.

While women disproportionately experience GBV and perpetrators are overwhelmingly men, anyone can experience these forms of violence regardless of age, gender identity, race or sexuality. No one deserves to be abused and it is OK to ask for support. You don't have to cope on your own.

Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour that leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled. It doesn’t have to involve physical violence, though some people may experience physical violence. Domestic abuse can include emotional, financial, sexual and/or digital abuse. Perpetrators of domestic abuse attempt to gain power and control over their partner. They may do this by limiting the survivor’s contact with family, friends and support systems, by degrading and insulting them, by monitoring their behaviour or making threats.

Sometimes people think that domestic abuse only takes place in long term relationships where partners share a home, but anyone can experience domestic abuse including teenagers and young people. Domestic abuse is never the victim/survivor’s fault. You have the right to feel safe and you don’t have to cope on your own.

Sexual violence is what happens when someone does not consent to a sexual act. It doesn’t have to involve physical violence. There are many different kinds of sexual violence including rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sharing images without consent, childhood sexual abuse and stalking. When people experience sexual violence, they may experience some difficult feelings and impacts. This might include feeling numb, anxious, depressed, ashamed and/or angry.

Some survivors may find it difficult to concentrate at university and may experience flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia and social isolation. These are natural responses to trauma and while it can be difficult to manage these impacts, it’s OK to feel this way. No one ever deserves or asks for sexual violence to happen and you don’t have to cope on your own.

Support

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When a person experiences gender based violence, it is very common to experience difficult feelings and impacts. You may feel anxious, depressed, ashamed, angry or numb. These feelings are a natural and understandable response to trauma. It’s OK to feel this way. You may find it difficult to concentrate at university or experience impacts such as flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety and insomnia. Every person’s experience is different and so too is their response.

However you might be feeling is OK and you don’t have to cope on your own. You deserve to be supported with this. It may help to speak to someone you trust. There is a range of people within and beyond the university who can offer support and guidance if that is something you would like.

Rape Crisis Scotland helpline is free and open every day from 6pm till midnight. It offers free and confidential support and information by phone or email. It is for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. The helpline can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services if you would like longer-term support. We can arrange for language interpreters if your first language is not English.

Helpline number: 08088 01 03 02
D/deaf and hard of hearing minicom number: 0141 353 3091



The Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline is a 24 hour helpline here to support anyone with experience of domestic abuse or forced marriage, as well as their family members, friends, colleagues and professionals who support them. They provide a confidential, sensitive service to anyone who calls.

Helpline number: 0800 027 1234



Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (WRASAC)

WRASAC offers support to women (including trans women) and young people of all genders, who have been affected by sexual violence, abuse or exploitation at any point in their lives. WRASAC also offers an advocacy service for people of all genders who are in the process of, or are considering reporting sexual violence to the police. Additionally, WRASAC offer a service for women affected by commercial sexual exploitation. You can find more information about the services at wrasac.org.uk



Dundee Women’s Aid

Dundee Women’s Aid offers confidential information and support to women who are worried or frightened about how their partner is treating them. They offer support over the phone, in their offices or in the community. The support is available whether you choose to stay with or leave your partner. You can find more information about the services at dundeewomensaid.co.uk



Abertay SA Advice

If you have experienced any form of gender based violence, Abertay Students’ Association are here to listen to you, believe you and help you to understand the support options available to you.

Elaine is Abertay Student Association’s Advice Coordinator. She can offer initial support for health and wellbeing issues, as well as advice about academic appeals, complaints and disciplinaries. Elaine offers a safe space to discuss issues you may be facing and can provide you with information and guidance on how to access the services available within and beyond the university e.g. counselling service. Elaine is available Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Outside of those times feel free to come into the office or email: hello@abertaysa.com

Resources For Survivors

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I want to help prevent Gender Based Violence

Gender based violence is rooted in gender inequality and discriminatory and prejudicial attitudes towards women. In order to prevent gender based violence, it is these attitudes which must be challenged. Abertay SA has established a peer education programme where students are trained to deliver a workshop around consent to their peers.

If you would like to either become a trainer or attend a workshop as a participant, you can contact our Student Advice Coordinator, Elaine, to sign up elaine.stewart@abertay.ac.uk.

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