GBV Charter

EmilyTest are creating the first Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Charter for colleges and universities

What is the GBV Charter?

The Charter has a vision where every college and university is equipped to pass the ‘Emily test’ – in other words, they could have saved Emily’s life. 

The Charter is: 

  • a framework based on evidence and student voices for GBV prevention, intervention, and support in further and higher education
  • an institution-wide and nationwide framework
  • an internal and external marker: an ‘inwards’ toolbox for universities and colleges to effectively prevent, intervene, and respond to GBV in line with best practice and an ‘outwards’ celebration of progress and instrument of accountability


In between March and October 2020, we conducted a series of focus groups and interviews with students and graduates across Scotland (with some UK-wide) to create our GBV Charter. The report of this research will be released in March 2021 following peer review and will be available on this website and circulated via our social media channels. 

Feedback and co-creation 

In November 2020, we ran out first round of ‘co-creation sessions with further education (FE) and higher education (HE) staff, GBV and Violence Against Women (VAW) professionals, and charity sector staff. We gathered feedback on our draft GBV Charter through these co-creation sessions and a subsequent public survey. We have now released a document detailing our responses to the feedback given, which you can access using the link below: 

EmilyTest GBV Charter consultation response 2021

In March 2021, we finished our second round of co-creation sessions with FE and HE staff to bring three Charter prototypes to the sectors. Whilst these sessions are complete, you can get in touch with us via email to arrange a meeting with us and give additional feedback. Institutions can also apply to our pilot, where applications are now open. 


EmilyTest are looking for 2 x colleges and 2 x universities to test the implementation of our GBV Charter. The pilot would begin in May and last 6 months. Full information and the application form can be found here