Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence

Domestic Abuse and Gender Based Violence

Anyone can be a victim of abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background. If you feel at risk of abuse or if you are worried about a loved one help and support is available. 

You have the right to be safe in their relationships free from physical or verbal violence. You must give your consent (permission) every time you have sex. Consent cannot be given if you are heavily under the influence of alcohol or drugs, are asleep or are being threatened with physical violence. If someone tries to have sex with you without your consent, this is rape and against the law. 

The University has a Gender Based Violence webpage where you can access information, ways to report incidents and how to support someone experiencing GBV. This page is relevant to both sudents and staff and can be found here

If you need to report a crime call Police Scotland on 101 (or in an emergency 999). You will always be treated with respect and dignity during any contact with the police. 

Find a list of useful external services below:

  • AMIS is a charity which offers support for men that have been a victim of domestic support. 
  • BullyingUK offers information and advice for people and families of people affected by bullying. Also offers an online chat on weekdays and an email support service. 
  • Galop is the National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline. 
  • Grampian Woman Aid is a charity offering free, confidential, and non-judgemental specialist services for women and children in Aberdeen who have suffered domestic abuse. 
  • Rape Crisis Scotland provides services for people in Scotland who have suffered any form of sexual violence regardless of how or when. 
  • Safe Spaces gives you access to an untraceable online safe space by clicking the Safe Spaces logo via the Royal Mail website. 
  • Victim Support Scotland provides free and confidential support for victims of crime.