26 Feb | Lincoln News

A new policy on gender-based violence


Since the first research on the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence across UK universities by the National Union of Students (2010), there has been an increasing focus on these issues within university communities. The University of Lincoln has recently launched a new policy on gender-based violence for both staff and students.

Since the first research on the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence across UK universities by the National Union of Students (2010), there has been an increasing focus on these issues within university communities.

In 2017, iresponse to the mounting research evidence, the University of Lincoln (UoL) established a gender-based violence (GBV) task force, comprising of academics, support staff, and students, to examine  existing responses to GBV acros the UK HEI.  Following a review of UoL policies and research on best practice across the UK  sector, the task force (Chaired by Prof Belinda Colston, Director of the Eleanor Glanville Centre) made recommendations for new policy and practices at the University to better report GBV incidents and an improved provision of appropriate support mechanisms.

Professor Sundari Anitha and Dr Ana Jordan (along with Nicola Chanamuto), the academic leads on the GBV taskforce, are currently conducting a sector-wide review of GBV policies across UK universities. The analysis will enable the development of recommendations on constructing effective policies for practitioners, and contribute to academic debates on GBV and policy analysis. 

The policy can be found here