Sanctuary Students’ taking steps to tackle gender-based violence

20th October 2021
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Content Advisory: This article’s content relates to all forms of Gender-based violence.

Gender-based violence (GBV) sadly remains an ongoing issue in society, and increasingly university students have experienced episodes of harassment, hate crime, or sexual violence.*

To help raise awareness and spot the signs of abuse, over the summer Sanctuary Students offered training to all our employees in our properties.

The powerful session was delivered by Fiona, the mum of Emily Drouet, a student at Aberdeen University, who took her own life because of a GBV situation.

After learning about the incredibly emotional story from Fiona, the Students’ business was keen to support Fiona in her campaign against GBV.

The training highlighted some behaviours and things to look out for that could help one of our students in a similar situation.

As a result of the training, stickers have been issued to all student sites, to be placed within all students’ bedrooms, so that in the unfortunate situation that a student required support, the relevant contact numbers would be close to hand.

Here’s a summary of Emily’s story 

* Changing the culture: Report of the Universities UK Taskforce examining violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students

Psychological, emotional, physical and sexual abuse can take many forms. In an emergency call 999.

Specialist and confidential help is available from:

Rape Crisis England & Wales
Call: 0808 802 9999
Open: 12.00-14.30 & 19.00-21:30 every day of the year

Domestic Abuse
24-hour national helpline
Call: 0808 2000 247

Halo Project - Break the silence
Forced Marriage Unit
Call: 0207 0080 151

Specialist support and advice for the LGBT+ community whatever your sexuality or gender identity
Call: 0800 999 5428 (various times, weekday)

Men's Advice Line
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Call: 0808 801 0327

Specialist support for Muslim & BME women aged 16-25
Call: 0808 801 0301 (Mon-Fri, 10.00-16.00, Wed 18.00-21.00)

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Young Minds Crisis Centre
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Specialist support for men who are feeling down or need to talk
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Specialist support for the LGBT+ community and anyone considering their sexuality or gender identity.
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