Preventing gender-based violence

Taking action

We want all staff and students to flourish in a safe, supportive, inclusive learning environment. Our gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and support strategy, action plan and policy underpin this.


Our approach

We take a zero-tolerance approach to all instances of GBV. In keeping with Equally Safe: Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls, we are committed to securing a future in which GBV no longer exists. We adopt the Scottish Government’s definition that GBV describes a range of gender based behaviour which includes: intimidation, harassment, online abuse, intimate image sharing, domestic abuse, physical and emotional abuse, stalking, sexual assault and murder. It also includes commercial sexual exploitation and so-called ‘honour based’ violence, including, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and ‘honour’ crimes. Although GBV affects more women and girls, it also affects men and those in the LGBT+ community.

Support for you

If you have experienced GBV we encourage you to report this to a member of staff who 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. We will give you immediate support and a referral to external specialised services may be made, if necessary and with your permission. We can also help you access in-house support such as the student counselling service.

If you prefer, you can email and a member of the student services team will contact you directly.

Our response

We will respond sympathetically, confidentially and effectively to anyone who discloses GBV. This may include:

  • agreeing periods of absence (authorised absences for students) for relevant appointments, including, for example, support agencies, solicitors, counselling, to arrange housing or childcare, and for court appointments
  • if possible, temporary changes to attendance, work arrangements and workload
  • approving requests for an advance of pay or bursary/discretionary support
  • arranging access to counselling support and other internal support services during college time
  • reviewing the security of information we hold, such as temporary or new addresses, bank or healthcare details
  • alerting reception and security staff if an alleged perpetrator is known to come to the college
  • implementing security arrangements as necessary to ensure your safety at college
  • recording any threatening or violent incidents by a perpetrator that takes place at the college

This list is not exhaustive and there may be other measures that we can tailor to you and your circumstances.

EmilyTest GBV Charter

Emily Test logo, pink and grey with sub text saying Tackling Gender Based Violence in Education

South Lanarkshire College is proud to be the pioneering college in Scotland to receive the EmilyTest Gender Based Violence charter.

EmilyTest is a Scottish charity working to improve prevention, intervention and support concerning gender-based violence. The charity was created in 2016 by Fiona Drouet, following the death of her daughter undergraduate student, Emily Drouet, who took her own life after being subjected to a campaign of gender-based violence from a fellow student.

The EmilyTest Charter is dedicated to enhancing prevention, intervention, and support related to gender-based violence. The charter, bearing a comprehensive framework informed by evidence and student perspectives, plays a pivotal role in further and higher education by offering an institution-wide and nationwide approach. It serves as both an internal toolbox, facilitating effective prevention and intervention, and an external marker for celebrating progress and ensuring accountability.


More information

If you would like to learn more or need to speak with someone, please email the student services team at

Useful links

Equally Safe: national strategy

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline (24 hours)

Scottish Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfewshire

Hemat Gryffe Women’s Aid (for ethnic minority women and children)

Shakti Women’s Aid

Rape Crisis Scotland

  • General enquiries – 0141 331 4180
  • Helpline (every day) – 08088 01 03 02
  • Email:

Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre

Police Scotland

You can contact the police for non-emergencies by calling 101, or in an emergency by dialling 999. If you are unable to speak to an emergency operator, you can use the ‘silent solution’ system by pressing 55 when prompted on your phone to alert the police.

Victim Support Scotland

Victim Support South Lanarkshire

AMIS Abused Men in Scotland

MASH Men As Survivors Helpline

LGBT Youth Scotland

LGBT Domestic Abuse Project

  • Email:

Galop LGBT+

  • National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
  • Email:

National Stalking Helpline

Forced Marriage Unit

Breathing Space

The Samaritans (24 hours)

Student counselling service

Available for all students. To arrange an appointment, email and a member of the team will contact you.

More information on the counselling service.