Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence online course

Further information

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  • UWA Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling Service



Guide to Handling Sexual Misconduct at UWA


cup of tea and supportDo 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.

What will I learn?

The Responding to Disclosures course will help you to: 

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the issues and initiatives available around sexual violence, both in Universities and in wider society
  • Define what constitutes consent and identify the legal definitions of sexual offences in Western Australia
  • Dispel common myths and misconceptions around sexual violence
  • Explain the different support and reporting options available
  • Demonstrate best practices for responding to a disclosure and apply these in line with UWA policies, procedures and services
  • Recognise when you (the responder) may need support in dealing with a disclosure

Who would benefit most from this course?

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 includes:

  • Counselling and UniAccess staff
  • Security and Library staff
  • Student Advisers and Student Experience Officers
  • Guild student leaders such as Guild Council, Club and Society Executive
  • Students managing events
  • UniMentors
  • Sports Captains
  • Residential Advisers (RAs)
  • Residential College staff

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.

Content warning

This course covers some sensitive topics which will be discussed explicitly. These topics include:

  • Sex and sexual acts
  • Rape
  • Emotional, verbal and physical abuse

The course does not include explicit graphics or images but it does include hypothetical sexual assault scenarios and appropriate responses.

How do I complete the course?

  1. Log into your Blackboard LMS using your Pheme login details
  2. Click on the "Units" tab at the top of the LMS
  3. In the "Organisational Search" field, type in the words Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence, and click Go
  4. Click the drop-down menu that appears next to the words "Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence" organisational ID, and select Enrol
  5. Click the Submit button. You will now be able to access the Responding to Disclosures organisation from your "My Organisations" module on the front page of LMS 

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.

Are you a UWA contractor without a Pheme login?

Find out how you can access the course as a non-UWA staff member or visitor.

Support services

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].