Respect.Now.Always

Victoria University (VU) is partnering with Universities Australia to ensure that students and staff are safe from sexual violence.

We have zero tolerance to sexual assault and harassment. One incident of sexual violence is one too many.

We are dedicated to preventing and responding to sexual assault and harassment.

National student survey results

Campaign poster

In late 2016, Universities Australia and the Australian Human Rights Commission launched Australia's first ever national prevalence survey on university student experiences of sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Institutional results summary

Coinciding with the release of the National Report by the Australian Human Rights Commission, VU's institutional results summary is now available:

Victoria University: institutional results summary (1 August 2017)

VU recognises that the release of the results from the national survey, and from individual institutions, may be personally challenging for some readers who have an experience of sexual harassment or assault.

If you feel you need help or support now or at any time, please refer to our Sexual assault & harassment - What to do fact sheet for information about how to seek assistance or help others.

Further, a new national University Support Line has been established for university students - 1800 572 224.

The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week until 30 November 2017.

Message from the Vice-Chancellor

VU's Vice-Chancellor Peter Dawkins sat down with Jill Horman, President, Victoria University Student Union (VUSU) and Elli Darwinkel, Senior Manager Safer Community, to discuss student concerns and talk about some of the work VU is doing in the area of prevention, including a comprehensive campaign to increase awareness and response, and in particular, to prevent sexual violence university-wide. Watch the video now.

Find out more

Read our FAQs, or visit Universities Australia for more information.

About the campaign

VU joined the "Respect. Now. Always." campaign initiated by Universities Australia. Universities Australia rolled out "Respect. Now. Always." as part of a wider initiative across Australia to improve awareness and support for victims of sexual assault.

The campaign raises the awareness of sexual assault and harassment on Australian university campuses. By raising the awareness of this important issue, the campaign aims to empower those who have experienced sexual assault or harassment to seek the help and support they need.

The campaign provides an opportunity for the university sector to review policies, reporting procedures, and support services for victim survivors of sexual assault.

Respect. Now. Always. at VU

"Respect. Now. Always." at VU (a Safer Community initiative) was launched on Monday 2 May 2016. The launch aimed to raise awareness of and discuss VU’s approach to the prevention and response to sexual assault, with speeches from the Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Dawkins and Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Tribe.

Victoria University established Safer Community at the beginning of 2016 as a central point of enquiry, response and support for concerning, threatening or inappropriate behaviour, including sexual assault and harassment. The "Respect.Now.Always" campaign at VU is part of our commitment to providing a safe and inclusive learning and working environment for all students, staff, and visitors at our campuses.