Building authentic partnerships for responding to gender-based violence in Universities

Burman, M. , Dawson, K., McDougall, L., Morton, K. and Nokhbatolfoghahai, F. (2020) Building authentic partnerships for responding to gender-based violence in Universities. In: Marine, S. and Lewis, R. (eds.) Collaborating for Change: Transforming Cultures to End Gender-Based Violence in Higher Education. Series: Interpersonal violence. Oxford University Press: New York, NY, pp. 173-199. ISBN 9780190071820 (doi:10.1093/oso/9780190071820.003.0008)

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This chapter critically discusses the importance of coalition-building in challenging gender-based violence (GBV) in universities and for laying the groundwork to facilitate and support cultural transformation in the complex and risk-averse environment of higher education. Drawing on the example of a cross-institutional, multipartner coalition initiated by student organizations in collaboration with security, service, and academic staff in two Scottish universities, local service providers, and police, this chapter critically discusses the tensions encountered and challenges posed in creating a “whole-university” approach to preventing and responding to GBV. In so doing, it highlights the centrality of student leadership for developing an informed response and driving forward meaningful change and the importance of internal/external partnerships for prevention work, root and branch reform of university policies and practices, the provision of training and awareness-raising, and the delivery of a thorough institutionalized response to tackling GBV.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Burman, Professor Michele and McDougall, Miss Lauren
Authors: Burman, M., Dawson, K., McDougall, L., Morton, K., and Nokhbatolfoghahai, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Published Online:01 September 2020

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