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VU takes strong stand on violence against women

Victoria University will today launch a new Respect and Responsibility Strategy and a 10-point action plan to tackle violence against women.

Vice-chancellor and President, Professor Peter Dawkins, said no organization or individual is exempt from the ramifications of such violence. 

“I am proud to announce VU is taking a strong and proactive position and our approach has been informed by a program of wide consultation with staff, students and other informed stakeholders including the Victoria Police,” he said.

The Respect and Responsibility Strategy and 10-point action plan will target:

  • Attitudes which condone violence against women
  • Stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity
  • Disrespect for women and male peer relationships that underline aggression.

“We are standing with other universities to address the cause of violence, namely gender inequity which provides fertile ground for violence against women to occur,” Professor Dawkins said.

“With one in six women subjected to intimate partner violence, we have decided to focus on intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual assault and sexual harassment.”

Professor Dawkins said VU is committed to gender equity and providing individual support to those affected by violence. Its new strategy ensures everyone understands violence against women is unacceptable and all VU campuses are safe for staff, students and visitors.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner, Mr Luke Cornelius, has congratulated VU for the leadership and courage it has displayed in its commitment to develop this important strategy to prevent violence against women.

He will join Professor Dawkins at the launch.

Media are invited to attend. 

What:  Victoria University Respect and Responsibility Strategy launch
When: Thursday 4 August, 2016, 10am
Where: VU Bar, Building M, Footscray Park Campus, Victoria University, Footscray.

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