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Gender Based Violence in University CommunitiesPolicy, Prevention and Educational Initiatives$
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Sundari Anitha and Ruth Lewis

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336570

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336570.001.0001

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Using the law to challenge gender based violence in university communities

Using the law to challenge gender based violence in university communities

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Gender Based Violence in University Communities

Louise Whitfield

Policy Press

This chapter considers the progressive potential of the existing legal frameworks, such as human rights and equality legislation, to challenge gender based violence (GBV) in university communities. It first highlights the limitations of existing university responses to sexual violence against students before explaining how the existing law could be used more to protect and provide justice for survivors of GBV, as well as bring about much-needed change in the accountability of universities and respect for women's rights. These laws include the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equality Act 2010 in the UK, European and international law and instruments such as the Istanbul Convention, the European Union Victims' Directive, and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The chapter also examines how those laws have been used in action by individuals and campaigning groups to improve university approaches.

Keywords:   gender based violence, sexual violence, accountability, universities, women's rights, Human Rights Act 1998, Equality Act 2010, Istanbul Convention, CEDAW, Victims' Directive

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