A conference looking at how to end gender-based violence in Scotland’s colleges and universities was held at Ayrshire College last week.

Over 80 delegates attended the ‘Love doesn’t hurt’ conference, which brought together staff and student associations from other colleges and universities.

There were representatives from Police Scotland, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, local authorities and third sector organisations such as Rape Crisis and Women’s Aid to discuss ideas and support the implementation of the Equally Safe toolkit, which is being rolled out across the country.

Equally Safe is a joint Scottish Government and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) strategy to prevent violence against women and girls.

Last week’s event was organised in partnership between Ayrshire College, University of Strathclyde, the University of the West of Scotland, and Scotland’s Rural College, and sponsored by the Scottish Government.