The team, which includes both female and male advisers, are trained in taking disclosures and supporting people who have been affected by gender-based violence. The SVMLO will be able to provide you with information on your options if you have been affected by gender-based violence in any way, even if it wasn't you that was directly affected.
It has been nationally reported that during the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a marked increase in the number of calls to domestic abuse helplines. Domestic abuse can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual in nature. In April 2019, Scotland also introduced new legislation within the domestic abuse (Scotland) Act that criminalises domestic abuse including coercive and controlling behaviour.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic abuse please seek help by engaging with a SVMLO or contacting one of the established domestic abuse support organisations, including:
In an emergency, you should call 999 to reach any of the emergency services. If you're a resident on campus, call the Security Team any time, 24/7 on x2222 (on an internal phone) or 01786 467999 if using your mobile phone to request the Police.
If you need an ambulance, dial 999 directly to speak to a call handler. If you are on campus, once you have done so, call the Security Team on x 2222 or 01786 467999 as before to advise them that an ambulance will be arriving.
Please also remember that you can also use the 'Silent Solution' system which helps in a situation where you may be unable to speak on a 999 call. If you call and don’t say anything, you will be put through to the Silent Solution system. Then, if you press 55, the call will be logged as an emergency.
More information about the SVMLOs is available on the University website. There are also details about the University’s approach to tackling gender-based violence.
You can also find links to a range of specialist support agencies on our the University website.
In the first of a series of short films introducing the SVMLOs, please watch this video introducing one of the team: Graeme Young.