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Sexual Harassment and Assault: UWA Prevention, Response and Support

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Respect. Now. Always. Campaign

UWA supports the Universities Australia campaign Respect. Now. Always. The campaign has three key elements: raising awareness of sexual assault and harassment issues and lifting the visibility of support services; obtaining prevalence data to guide further improvements in policies and services; and assisting universities to share best practice resources across the sector.

  

The University is committed to maintaining an environment where students and staff are valued, respected and able to realise their full potential. Your safety and wellbeing is our priority. We treat sexual harassment and assault very seriously in line with our University policy

The University encourages individuals to report incidents that may constitute a criminal offence to the Police in the first instance on 131 444 or to the Police Sex Assault Squad on (+61 8) 9428 1600 or sex.assault@police.wa.gov.au.

For immediate assistance

If you’re experiencing an emergency on campus please contact security via a help point or by calling 6488 2222.

UWA Security

Get support and discuss my options

If you wish to speak confidentially with a counsellor about an incident prior to submitting a report you can arrange an emergency appointment by contacting (08) 6488 2423. You can also visit the Counselling and Psychological Services in person for a triage appointment by visiting them on the first floor of the Student Central Building South Wing.

Counselling options

Submit a report

Click here to submit an online report of an incident to UWA. Reports are received by the Complaint Resolution Unit, a small central unit of the University. You may withdraw your report at any time, however your submission may initiate a formal legal process from which the University may not be able to withdraw.

Submit report

If you feel you are the victim of sexual violence on campus and decide to raise an incident with us, UWA is committed to the following:

  1. We will meet you privately to provide support and advice.
  2. We will respect your confidentiality and assessment of safety.
  3. We will treat you with respect, sensitivity, understanding and professionalism. 
  4. We will not judge you or blame you. 
  5. We will offer you free counselling and support. 
  6. We will keep you informed and up to date on UWA’s decisions relating to your case.

What constitutes sexual harassment or violence

Sexual harassment is unwelcome behaviour or contact of a sexual nature which offends, intimidates, embarrasses or humiliates a person. Sexual harassment is not about sexual attraction; it is about inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour towards a member of the University community which may be detrimental to their study, employment or accommodation.

Sexual violence may take many forms including sexual assault and sexual abuse, which involves unwanted sexual acts or behaviours which a person did not consent to or was not able to consent to. While acts of sexual violence are criminal matters best investigated by the Police, advice and support is available on campus and externally. Details for these services are provided below.

Behaviour can constitute sexual harassment or violence if it’s non-consensual, unwelcome and/or unreciprocated, even if it comes from someone in which you’re in a personal relationship with. 

Read more about sexual violence


UWA initiatives to prevent sexual harassment and violence

UWA has a number of initiatives in place to help prevent sexual harassment and assault; to provide support to victims and to keep you safe.

Sexuality, Sexual Health and Relationships Education (SHARE) Project

The UWA Health Promotion Unit developed SHARE in 2006 with the objectives being to increase positive attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviours associated with sexuality, sexual health and relationships among UWA students and promote the availability of support services on and off campus. SHARE includes a variety of strategies and has a strong partnership element.

The UWA Health Promotion Unit has provided SHARE training workshops with student leaders from each of the residential colleges and the UWA Student Guild since 2008. Workshops specifically aimed at reducing the risk of sexual violence and harassment have been run in partnership with the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) since 2012 and the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) since 2017. To register your interest in participating in one of SHARE’s workshops, contact the UWA Health Promotion Unit.

UWA Security

Security provides a range of services on campus, including around-the-clock security patrols, safety escorts and an operations centre that is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide a safe environment for you. It offers an after-hours escort service for students and staff to car parks, colleges and accommodation immediately adjacent to the University. This service operates every day of the year. If you are leaving campus after-hours and would like a security escort, call Security on 6488 3020 (half an hour prior) and a uniformed officer will respond.

There are a number of help point emergency phones located across UWA campuses that can be used if you are ever concerned about your or someone else’s safety. These help points provide a direct link to our Security services – no dialling required. A map of the help points and walksafe routes is available.

UWA Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and UWA Medical Centre

Our Counselling and Psychological Service and Medical Centre both provide a professional, high-quality and confidential service free of charge to UWA students.

To make a booking with a counsellor, visit the first floor of Student Central for a face-to-face triage appointment. To make an appointment with a doctor, call the Medical Centre on 6488 2118 or make an appointment online.

Where to find advice and support

We encourage individuals to report incidents that may constitute a criminal offence to the Police or Police Sex Assault Squad in the first instance.

The following external and on-campus advice and support services are available for members of the University community.

On campus

Students and staff

  • UWA Security if you are concerned about your safety on campus: (+6 1 8) 6488 2222 (emergencies, 24 hrs) or (+61 8) 6488 3020 (non-emergencies)
  • UWA Medical Centre: (+61 8) 6488 2118, open Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5pm during semester, and 9am to 5pm during University holiday periods
  • UWA Counselling and Psychological Services: (+61 8) 6488 2423, open Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 4.30pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.00pm with emergency walk-in appointments available.
  • Complaint Resolution Unit (call to make an appointment)

UWA students specific

  • UWA Guild Student Assist: (+61 8) 6488 2292, open Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5pm
  • Residential Adviser or Head of College (if you are in residence)

UWA’s Health Promotion Unit also provides a range of online resources to students in relation to sexual health, including information on consent and sexual violence.

UWA staff specific

  • UWA Employee Assistance Program: 24/7 confidential counselling to UWA staff and immediate family for personal or work problems, PeopleSense 1300 307 912. 

External

  • Yogrum offers culturally informed counselling for Indigenous victims of sexual assault 
  • QLife (LGBTI): 1800 184 527
  • MAITRI Mental Health Services (Culturally & Linguistically Diverse service): (+61 8) 9328 2699