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LSBU becomes first university awarded UK Quality Standard for male sexual violence support service

By continuing to meet the needs of male victims and survivors with invaluable support from LimeCulture and the Male Survivors Partnership
24 February 2021

LSBU is the first university to be independently accredited as meeting national Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims / Survivors of Sexual Violence. The national Quality Standards are set and issued by LimeCulture and Male Survivors Partnership who work to improve the quality of sexual violence services for victims and survivors in the UK to:

  • Enable organisations working with boys and men affected by sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation to review their services against an independent evidence base
  • Improve the quality of sexual violence support services to male survivors, in particular recognising their gender-based needs.

The Sexual Violence Service Quality Standard was issued to LSBU after a review of its sexual violence services, interviews and a site visit by LimeCulture/Male Survivors Partnership.

Specialist support for students who had experienced sexual violence began at LSBU following a report by Universities UK about sexual violence against university students.

LSBU’s Sexual Violence Liaison Support team provides a specialist in-house support for students including:

  • Advice about reporting sexual violence
  • Liaison with internal and external organisations and specialist organisations, including counselling services
  • Academic support for students to learn and achieve what they are capable of.

LSBU advisers have received specialist and accredited training to be able to provide a high standard of support to students.

30 UK organisations who have been accredited as meeting national Quality Standards for Services Supporting Male Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence, including helplines, counselling services and sexual assault referral centres.

Rosie Holden, Director of Student Services at LSBU, said, “I am proud that LSBU has become the first UK university service to be independently accredited as meeting the needs of male victims of sexual violence. The Sexual Violence Quality Standard demonstrates LSBU’s commitment to learn and improve how we support all victims and survivors of sexual violence.

“LSBU is the first university to be accredited thanks to the invaluable support and guidance from LimeCulture and Male Survivors Partnership. We will continue working with them to deliver the highest standards of support to male victims of sexual violence.”

The Male Survivors Partnership was founded to ensure support is available to meet the specific needs of male victims/survivors and LimeCulture is the UK’s leading sexual violence training and development organisation and provides a programme of independent accreditation and monitoring against two Accredited Quality Standards.