Through policy mapping, quantitative and qualitative research, and case study analysis, UniSAFE has generated new knowledge on the prevalence, determinants and consequences of gender-based violence in universities and research organisations. Elements of this evidence base, freely available on this page, have been translated into a set of recommendations and operational tools.



Research findings

Legal and policy frameworks







UniSAFE’s Toolkit has been designed to support universities and research organisations in addressing gender-based violence: whether they are just starting to reflect on how to address this issue, designing a policy or are more advanced and seeking to improve an institutional policy or its implementation.

The materials available have been developed within the project or collected from European academic settings and are based on a holistic framework – the 7P model. Hereafter are the operational tools developed within UniSAFE.


Training and capacity-building materials


UniSAFE has created a European baseline of policies in place to address gender-based violence at the legal and policy level, as well as at the level of research funding organisations (RFOs), as a fixed point of reference for future comparisons. The project has assessed existing frameworks at the national, regional and RFO levels in the 27 EU countries, in 4 associated countries (Iceland, Serbia, Turkey, UK) and 2 third countries (Canada, USA), selected for comparison and as examples of existing practices. All this data is available in an Interactive Map!


A set of recommendations highlight the role and contributions stakeholders can play to end gender-based violence:

  • The “White Paper for policymakers and institutional managers” contributes to building a common understanding of gender-based violence.
  • The White PaperFrom policy to practice: The evidence base for ending gender-based violence in higher education and research”: draws attention to the roles and responsibilities of higher education and research organisations in addressing gender-based violence.
  • A set of recommendations address specific stakeholder groups: policy-makers, higher education institutions and research organisations, staff and student associations and unions, umbrella organisations, research funding organisations.
  • A first Policy Brief presents the project’s initial findings on gender-based violence in higher education and research to inform policy makers


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