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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls
25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls. Our LJMU Equality team explains why it’s important and the support available here at LJMU.
What is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls?
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, with the aim to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls, something which is still being fought for in the 2020’s.
What is considered to be violence against women?
The more commonly reported violence against women is:
Child abuse (sexual and non-sexual)
Recent changes within the law means violence such as stalking and revenge porn, plus others are now a criminal offence.
What is happening at LJMU and JMSU to support women and girls?
Believe, report, support
For any of our students or staff who have been a victim of violence, sexual assault or rape, LJMU will believe them, help them report it and our Student Advice and Wellbeing’s team Sexual Violence Liaison Advisor can also provide support.
You can find out more, plus how to report an incident here.
Drinks testing kits
Over the past few years, there has been a surge in the cases of drink spiking.
The warning signs of spiking are usually:
Dizziness or feeling faint
Feeling ill or sleepy
Feeling excessively drunk
Waking up feeling unformattable/confused the following day
Having memory blanks about the previous night
To help prevent spiking, John Moores Students’ Union (JMSU) will be providing free drink and drug testing kits for students to collect from the SU reception.
Domestic Abuse Policy
LJMU recently introduced a new Domestic Abuse Policy to better support staff who are experiencing domestic abuse and to raise wider awareness of the issue across the workplace.
The university has already signed up to the Domestic Abuse Workplace Scheme and is now looking to recruit more workplace staff champions, trained to provide support to peers across the institution.
If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the elimination of violence against women and girls at LJMU, please contact the LJMU Equality team.