Understanding the impact of gender-based violence on higher education access, participation: Study

Opinion Study

In a new study , a group of researchers from the University of Newcastle explored the impact of gender-based violence on students’ experiences of higher education. Drawing on a survey and in-depth interviews with students who experienced gender-based violence, the researchers found that gender-based violence can have “profound and ongoing impacts” on students’ experience of and participation in higher education. They also found that feelings of not belonging and shame, the sector’s “silencing” of gender-based violence, and institutional misrecognition made it difficult for students to communicate their experiences and get help. The authors conclude by noting that it is crucial to understand and recognize the complex impact of gender-based violence on the student experience as part of a broader commitment to gender equity.

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