Abuse can come in many forms such as physical or verbal which includes injury, assault, violation, rape, aggressive behaviour, harassment and bullying. Any type of abuse can be very frightening and stressful and can often lead to feeling alone in the situation. It is advisable to speak as soon as possible with someone who can help.

Harassment and Bullying

Bullying and harassment are defined by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) and The Equality Act 2010 as the following:

  • Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour and an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.
  • Harassment is unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.

Harassment and bullying can have a serious detrimental effect on the health, confidence, morale and performance of those affected by it, and on the working, learning and living environment.

Examples of what may constitute as harassment and bullying

Useful Resources

Helpful Reading, Websites & Videos

Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct is an umbrella term encompassing any unwelcome sexual behaviour that is committed without consent whereby the inappropriate and unwelcomed sexual behaviour is violating of another person’s personal boundary.  The alleged misconduct can be of various degrees, such as sexual assault, exposure, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation, pleading and even inattentiveness to nonverbal cues of discomfort.

Steps for Support

The SRC have given some helpful information on ‘What to do after a Rape or Assault’

Useful Resources

Helpful Reading, Websites & Videos

Physical Abuse, Aggression and Assault

Physical abuse is an intentional act causing harm and injury to another and may involve more than one abuser and more than one victim. Physical abuse can include cases of domestic violence or workplace aggression.

Aggression can often lead to physical abuse or assault. It is important to seek support if you have experienced any form of physical abuse or aggressive assault. 

Anger is a human and natural response to feeling attacked, threatened, insulted and frustrated. Anger can be helpful and unhelpful and can become a problem when we regularly express anger through destructive and unhelpful behaviours; and when it is negatively impacting on overall mental and physical wellbeing. If you or anyone you know is suffering from difficulties with aggression and is a risk to themselves and to others, it is important to seek support to learn how to cope with anger.

Useful Resources

  • UofG Senate Office provides information on Student Conduct and it can be found here 

Helpful Reading, Websites and Videos

Contact Information

University Support Services

University of Glasgow Crisis Team

If a student has experienced any form of assault or violence including sexual assault and domestic violence please contact the Student Crisis Team:

Available 24/7 via Security

Gilmorehill: 4444  (0141 330 4444)

Garscube: 2222  (0141 330 2222)

Off campus: +44 (0)141 330 4444


The Students’ Representative Council – Advice Centre

John McIntyre Building, University Avenue

Glasgow G12 8QQ

Tel: 0141 330 5360

Email: advice@src.gla.ac.uk


Counselling and Psychological Services

67 Southpark Avenue

Glasgow G12 8LE

Tel: 0141 330 4528

Email: studentcounselling@glasgow.ac.uk


Senate Office

Level 6, South Front

Gilbert Scott Building

Glasgow G12 8QQ

Tel: 0141 330 6063     


Glasgow University Nightline

Nightline is a confidential telephone support and information service run for students, by trained student volunteers run by the Glasgow University SRC.  Available every night of term from 7pm till 7am contact them on +44 (0)141 334 9516 


External Support Services

Sexual Assault                       

- Archway Glasgow (for victims within past 7 days): 0141-211-8175 (6pm – Midnight)

- Rape Crisis: General 0141 331 4180 Helpline 08088 01 03 02

- South West Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre (Dumfries): 01387 253113

- Breakthrough for women: 0141 552 5483

- Victim Support: 0808 168 9111

- RASAC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre): 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30 & 7-9.30)

Domestic abuse         

- Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0141-951-6234

- Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline: 0800 027 1234 (free, 24hrs)

- Men's Advice Line: 0808-801-0327 – For men experiencing domestic abuse/concerned   about own behaviour

- Shakti Women’s Aid Edinburgh: 0131 475 2399

- Glasgow Women’s Aid: 0141 553 2022 / 2411