Safety & respect

For immediate assistance on campus contact VU Security on +61 3 9919 6666

You can also press the button on one of the security help points around campus, to get immediate help.

A core commitment of our Strategic Plan is making VU a thriving place to study and work.

As part of this, we work to build a culture of safety and respect, where students and staff are empowered to become change agents to help stop gender-based violence at the University and in the wider community.

Safer Community is a central point of enquiry, response and support for concerning, threatening or inappropriate behaviour. We provide support at all stages of responding to complex and sensitive situations.

Gender-based violence is a serious social issue driven by gender inequality and enabled by sexist behaviours and attitudes.

Emergency support

Seek help from Safer Community on and off campus when you

  • have safety or wellbeing concerns for yourself or someone else
  • are feeling attacked, harassed, intimidated, bullied or threatened
  • witness or have information about concerning behaviour
  • have been raped, think you have been raped, or have been otherwise assaulted.

Report a concern

If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed any inappropriate or concerning behaviour, you can report it - either anonymously, or with contact details.

Please do not hesitate to report an incident or concern, even if you think you don't have enough information for Safer Community to action immediately.

Fill in our form by clicking the button below to report your issue. Your report will be recorded and reviewed, and appropriate action taken.

Access the report form

You will receive support and follow up as per the steps below. 


Personal safety tips

There are things you can do for the safety of yourself and others, including on and off campus, and online.

What to do

Helping others

VU online training for safety, equality & respect

The Respect and Responsibility online training is part of the University’s Building Respectful Futures Together strategy. 

Our aim is to challenge gender stereotyping and help change behaviours and attitudes related to everyday sexism, sexual assault and sexual harassment.

VU Safe is free to download.

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