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25 November 2021

Edinburgh College launches new partnership as part of #16DaysofAction

Edinburgh College has launched a new partnership as part of this year’s 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence.

As part of the College’s support for the 16 Days of Action campaign, it has launched a new partnership with Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, which will see students who have experienced sexual violence receive one-to-one support.

Students across the Edinburgh College Community who have experienced sexual violence at any time of their life will be offered long-term, trauma-informed, one-to-one support. This support will be offered in blocks of six sessions, with students having access to up to 18 individual sessions if needed.

Any students on the College support waiting list will be given the opportunity to access the normal Rape Crisis services for short-term support while they wait. This is in the form of the Here and Now service for over 18s or the STAR Project for under 18s.

If you would like to refer yourself to this service, please email studentsurvivors@ercc.scot or call 0131 556 9437, call/text 07966 067 301 and state you are an Edinburgh College student. Please note staff cannot refer students.

The 16 Days of Action campaign has been used as a call for the worldwide elimination of gender-based violence. It is run annually from 25 November (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

Over the next 16 days, we'll be sharing information on the importance of the campaign, video interviews with organisations working in the sector, and resources on how to access support if anyone is experiencing issues with gender-based violence.