04 SES 14 A, Gender Violence Prevention: Educational Actions and Empowerment
International research shows the existence of gender violence at universities worldwide and their harmful personal, labor and academic effects (Gross, Winslett, Roberts & Gohm, 2006; Kury, Obergfell-Fuchs & Goessner, 2004) but in the Spanish context this issue has never before been addressed until the research of Valls (2006-2008) which is the first research on gender violence in Spanish universities. Data collected in Spanish universities shows a high percentage of the participants knew someone or have suffered themselves some situation of gender violence at the university. Besides, this study evidenced that people supporting the victims of gender violence used to be “second order victims”. This research has meant a crucial step in breaking the silence regarding gender violence in Spanish universities as it has collected this data for the first time in Spain and has made it public. This research has suggested evidence-based actions to fight gender violence in universities. This project has created the context for increasing the support from members of the university community towards the victims. Breaking the silence at Spanish universities has meant advancing towards more democratic universities, with more academic and human quality and free of violence.
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