This international study: Developing an inter-professional curriculum for Gender Based Violence (GBV) is led by Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones, Principal Investigator, at the University of Birmingham and runs in collaboration with the universities of:

  • Auckland

  • Birmingham

  • British Columbia

  • Glasgow

  • Melbourne

  • Nottingham

What is Gender Based Violence?

GBV covers a wide range of issues such as Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Female Genital Mutilation, human trafficking and sexual abuse. Although men and boys can be victims of GBV it is widely acknowledged that the majority of people affected are women and girls. Healthcare students who have taken part in our previous research have told us that they often feel under-prepared within their curricula. They want a wider range of knowledge and skills in order to develop greater confidence to deal with GBV.

What is the aim of our project?

The GBV Project was initiated in 2016 as a result of a symposium on GBV and is a collaboration between five universities covering five countries within three U21 regions.

The core team came together as experts in the field of GBV, representing different health disciplines. We collectively represent the health disciples of nursing, midwifery, psychology, pharmacy and public health.

The aim of the project is to design an interactive learning resource to help students from a range of health disciplines to learn more about GBV.

The study is in two main parts:

Part 1:

We are about to survey students and staff to establish their current understanding and confidence around GBV issues. The survey will also establish preferred approaches to on line learning.

Part 2:

The second part (beginning March 2018) is to develop a “reusable learning object” (RLO). This will be a simple twenty- minute electronic learning tool. It will be co-produced in a creative way with students and staff. We will ‘launch’ the new resource at the U21 HSG meeting in Melbourne in September 2018, where it will be made available open-access to all healthcare students within our universities.


U21 HSG Annual Meeting 2018

The team had a fabulous trip to Melbourne for the U21 HSG meeting and the GBV day was a real hit. Our session went well and I am really pleased that it came together as a well thought out and coherent project. I don’t think that anyone believed that we had only just met!!

The priorities between October and December are to finish the RLO and to submit our first article that reports on the survey.

Download our presentation from the event here.