Do you feel confident to support students who have experienced sexual violence? Do you know how to best respond and where to refer the person for support if needed?
Developed in collaboration with higher education experts and service providers, Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence is an interactive and comprehensive course for first responders. It will help you to develop the skills to respond appropriately, empathetically and confidently.
Although all members of the UWA Community are welcome to complete this free course, frontline student support staff and student leaders are particularly encouraged to complete it.
This course can form part of a blended education approach involving an additional 2 hours of practical, face-to-face learning, if required. If you would like to inquire about a face-to-face session to accompany the online learning for your work area, contact the Health Promotion Unit.
This course covers some sensitive topics which will be discussed explicitly. These topics include:
The course does not include explicit graphics or images but it does include hypothetical sexual assault scenarios and appropriate responses.
The course takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. You will receive a certificate of completion once you have completed the participant evaluation and all 4 core modules. You must click "Next" past the Reference pages to generate the certificate.
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If someone chooses to disclose an incident to you, there are several options available for referral and support at UWA and externally. All of these choices are optional - ask the person what they would like to do moving forward.
If the assault is recent (last 14 days), contact the Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) on (+61 8) 6458 1828/1800 199 888.
If you require telephone support or advice now, contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 on their 24 hour confidential line.
UWA Student Welfare
The Manager of UWA Student Welfare is a staff member specifically qualified to respond to cases such as sexual violence. They are able to confidentially support the student with practical matters such as changing classes, making an emergency counselling appointment, emergency housing or funding, academic matters or to provide information about formal reporting options. This service is available during regular office hours.
Telephone: 6488 2427/2424 Email: [email protected]
The University takes incidents of sexual violence very seriously and encourages affected individuals to report incidents that may constitute a criminal offence to the Police Sex Assault Squad in the first instance on (+61 8) 9428 1600 or [email protected].