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#CombatMisconduct

We are excited to share the main outcomes of the Combat Misconduct project with you. Since 2019, we have been working in partnership with Universities UK and the NUS on this multifaceted project to improve responses to sexual violence, harassment and misconduct across the higher education sector. As part of the project, AVA worked with five partner universities and student unions: Aberdeen, Anglia Ruskin, Queen’s University Belfast, St George’s, and Warwick.  

This project was funded by Rosa’s Justice and Equality Fund.

To help universities to tackle sexual misconduct, we produced three online resources, linked below. These were developed through consultation with our partner universities, research with university students and in close cooperation with recent graduates with a wealth of experience campaigning and influencing change in universities. 

AVA also provided bespoke consultancy for partner universities ensuring that their sexual misconduct policies and practices were robust and relevant. We also provided grant funding and training workshops on sexual misconduct and harassment for our partner student unions.

For consultancy enquiries, please get in touch via combatmisconduct@avaproject.org.uk. We can provide expert support when working with survivors of gender based violence and abuse and can help to inform policies and processes for tackling sexual misconduct.

  • The Impact Matrix is an online tool which helps higher education institutions to measure and improve their university’s approach to tackling and preventing sexual misconduct. The tool supports institutions to collect and analyse evidence. It helps in assessing their response to sexual misconduct whilst also tracking progress towards established sector standards, and provides expert recommendations for improvement. Access here.

  • Toolkit and quick guide for vice-chancellors, principals and senior leaders provides peer-to-peer advice based on interviews with vice-chancellors who are leading the way in tackling sexual misconduct, harassment and all forms of hate.

Combat Misconduct: Vice-Chancellors Toolkit

This toolkit provides peer-to-peer advice based on interviews with vice chancellors who are leading the way in tackling sexual misconduct, harassment and all forms of hate.

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Combat Misconduct: quick guide for vice-chancellors and principals

This quick guide provides peer-to-peer advice based on interviews with vice-chancellors who are leading the way in tackling sexual misconduct, harassment and all forms of hate.

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  • AVA has also created four Quick Guides to help you embed safe and effective ways of reviewing, developing and assessing responses to sexual misconduct on campus.

Quick Guide: Self-care for university staff, students, survivors and campaigners working to combat sexual misconduct

This guide has been created by AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) to support university staff, officers, students and campaigners working to improve responses to sexual misconduct in university settings. This guide is designed to support you to stay safe and look after your wellbeing as you manage the impacts of working with trauma.

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Quick Guide: AVA’s Whole Institution Approach to preventing and tackling sexual misconduct in higher education

The Whole Institution Approach is a model developed by AVA researchers and prevention experts to support higher education institutions in preventing gender-based violence. The model identifies the different activities that need to be delivered in higher education settings to develop a whole institution approach to preventing gender-based violence, and considers the key players who need to be engaged – staff, students, leadership. This model is a robust and holistic approach to preventing gender-based violence, and is designed to promote real long-lasting change. The model applicable for universities has been adapted from AVA’s renowned Whole School Approach Model.

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Quick Guide: Asking and responding to disclosures of sexual misconduct from university students

This guide has been developed by AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) to support staff at UK universities who are handling disclosures of sexual misconduct from students. This guide is designed to support safe and empathetic disclosures to ensure survivor’s needs are met. Making sure that survivors of sexual misconduct are safe and supported is everyone’s responsibility.

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Quick Guide: Consulting with students and survivors to develop and review your university’s response to sexual misconduct

This document is a comprehensive guide developed by AVA to help you safely engage with students as you develop and review your plans to combat sexual harassment and misconduct at universities. It is designed to be used by student support teams, student unions and others who are organising focus groups and workshops to understand students’ views and feedback.

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  • The online Resource Hub (coming soon) provides university students and staff with information and resources on sexual misconduct. This includes guidance on sexual misconduct support and prevention, as well as including information on successful campaigns and best practice for addressing sexual misconduct at universities.

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