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Stopping Gender-based Violence in Higher Education
Policy, Practice, and Partnerships

ISBN 9781032172477
Published August 12, 2022 by Routledge
450 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Stopping Gender-based Violence in Higher Education provides a unique insight into how gender-based violence at universities is impacting students and staff and outlines the path toward tangible changes that can prevent it. Bringing together perspectives from academics, activists, practitioners, and university administrators, the book presents a diverse range of voices to constructively critique the field.

Structured in three parts, the book begins by addressing the context, theory, and law that stipulates how universities can effectively respond to reports of gender-based violence. It goes on to discuss the most pragmatic ways to address the issue while contributing to prevention and supporting victim-survivors. Finally, the book advocates for the development of beneficial working partnerships with key external services available to university communities and also working with students as partners in an ethical and safe way. Throughout the book, contributors are invited to demonstrate a comprehensive institution-wide and trauma-informed approach to centre the needs of the victim-survivor and prioritize resources to undertake this vital work. Each chapter ends with a brief summary of key points or recommendations and suggested further reading on the chapter topic. Although the authors draw on research and policy from the UK Higher Education sector, the insights will be a useful resource for those in universities around the world.

This book is an essential reference point and resource for professionals, academics, and students in Higher Education, as well as indispensable reading for activists, policymakers, police, rape crisis groups, and other organisations supporting these universities who want to make meaningful change in reducing, responding to, and preventing gender-based violence in Higher Education.

Table of Contents


Table of Contents


List of Abbreviations

List of Tables

List of Figures


  1. Introduction: We still have work to do
  2. Clarissa J. Humphreys and Graham J. Towl

    Part 1

    Context, Theory and Law

  3. The significance of culture in the prevention of gender-based violence in universities
  4. Melanie McCarry, Cassandra Jones and Anni Donaldson

  5. Hidden marks: The contribution of student leaders to tackling gender-based violence on campus
  6. Jim Dickinson and Sunday Blake

  7. Intersectional approaches to gender-based violence in universities: Experiences and interventions
  8. Geetanjali Gangoli and Cassandra Jones

  9. Violence and abuse, universities and LGBTQ+ students
  10. Catherine Donovan and Nicola Roberts

  11. Perceptions of consent in UK Higher Education: Implications for policy and training
  12. Ngozi Anyadike-Danes

  13. Sexual violence in Higher Education: Prevalence and characteristics of perpetrators
  14. Samuel T. Hales

  15. The legal framework: Limitations and opportunities
  16. Rachel Fenton and Janet Keliher

    Part 2


  17. EmilyTest: From tragedy to change
  18. Fiona Drouet and Poppy Gerrard-Abbott

  19. Comprehensive institution-wide approach: What is means to be comprehensive
  20. Clarissa J. Humphreys and Graham J. Towl

  21. Staff sexual misconduct in Higher Education: Impacts, responses and challenges
  22. Anna Bull

  23. Case management as a dedicated role responding to gender-based violence in Higher Education
  24. Kelly Prince and Peta Franklin-Corben

  25. Investigation and interviewing: Responding to formal reports of sexual violence in Higher Education
  26. Carl Norcliffe and Andrea Pescod

  27. Primary prevention in Higher Education: Progress and opportunity
  28. Kelsey Paske

  29. Reflections on accessing and reporting on employee wellbeing data: Implications for hybrid-working and gender-based violence
  30. Rosanna Bellini

  31. We should do something (someday): Identifying and working through resistance to gender-based violence prevention
  32. Clarissa J. Humphreys and Graham J. Towl

    Part 3


  33. How to involve students in work on gender-based violence
  34. Sunday Blake and Jim Dickinson

  35. Gender-based violence and Higher Education partnerships with sexual assault services
  36. Elizabeth Hughes and Tammi Walker

  37. Rape Crisis: Taking a partnership approach to addressing gender-based violence with universities and colleges across Scotland
  38. Niamh Kerr and Kathryn Dawson

  39. The role of regulation in addressing gender-based violence in Higher Education
  40. Amy Norton and Graham J. Towl

  41. Working with schools to tackle online harms and gender-based violence
  42. Andy Phippen and Emma Bond

  43. Conclusion: Future directions in addressing our problem with gender-based violence in Higher Education

Graham J. Towl and Clarissa J. Humphreys


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Clarissa J. Humphreys is a practitioner, trainer, and leading authority on addressing gender-based violence (GBV) in Higher Education. She is currently the Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Manager at Durham University and has clinical experience working with survivors and perpetrators of GBV and with individuals with acute mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use issues.

Graham J. Towl is Professor of Forensic Psychology at Durham University and a former Chief Psychologist at the Ministry of Justice. He was peer (British Psychological Society) nominated as the most influential UK forensic psychologist. His publications on sexual violence at universities include two co-authored books and numerous blogs and articles in Higher Education outlets.


"Sexual violence is a global crisis in institutions of higher education, and the UK is far from immune. While many survivors have often been forced to carry the weight of advocacy on their own, it has always been clear that the fight for safer campuses must involve the entire university. Stopping Gender-based Violence in Higher Education is a call to higher education professionals to understand the causes of violence, and encourage them to see ending gender-based violence as an occupational responsibility. Towl and Humphreys do an excellent job of assembling a collection of thoughts from experts across the UK, and send an urgent message to educators: it’s time to follow the lead of survivors, and join the fight to make our universities safer for all."
Andrea L. Pino-Silva, co-author of We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out, and co-Founder of End Rape on Campus, USA

"Stopping Gender-based Violence in Higher Education is an essential handbook that covers student–student, staff–student, and staff–staff violence. This collection will educate experts even as it provides direction for those new to handling complaints. Most importantly, the chapters centre in bold relief the experiences of victim-survivors."
Mara Keire, University of Oxford, UK

"This comprehensive exploration into the many facets, manifestations and intersections of gender-based violence in higher education is long overdue. The insightful and well-researched contributions make this essential reading for all those who work in the sector."
Amatey Doku, former Vice President Higher Education, National Union of Students (NUS) and Independent Board member, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK

"This volume is essential reading for anyone interested in tackling campus violence. Drawing on diverse perspectives from across fields, it paints a sophisticated tableau of the problems faced, root causes, and possible solutions. Achieving a diverse and inclusive higher education sector requires the ambition and inclusive approach that this volume reflects."
Georgina Calvert-Lee, Senior Litigation Counsel, McAllister Olivarius, UK