Support for sexual harassment and assault
UWA is committed to providing an environment where students and staff are valued, respected and able to realise their full potential.
Your safety and wellbeing is our priority, and we have zero tolerance to sexual harassment and assault.
The University takes incidents of sexual violence very seriously. View the University Policy on Sexual Misconduct.
We encourage you to report incidents that may constitute a criminal offence to the Police in the first instance on 131 444 or to the Police Sex Assault Squad on (+61 8) 9428 1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporting can help:
- resolve the issue quickly
- prevent others experiencing a similar issue
- contribute to a positive change in processes
If you raise an incident with us, we are here to support you.
- meet you privately to provide advice and options, and facilitate connections
- treat you with respect, sensitivity, understanding and professionalism
- not judge you or blame you
- keep you informed on UWA decisions relating to your incident
It is your choice whether you make a disclosure, complaint or report to the Police. You can report anonymously; however, this can limit our capacity to support you or respond to the incident. If you report an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment, this will not affect your academic record. If you are an international student, reporting an incident does not affect your visa.
Within the University
- Counselling and Psychological Services
- Medical Centre
- Student Welfare
- UWA Guild Student Assist: (+61 8) 6488 2292, open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm
- Residential Adviser or Head of College (if you are in residence)
- UWA Employee Assistance Program: 24/7 confidential counselling to staff and immediate family (PeopleSense 1300 307 912)
Outside the University
- Sexual Assault Resource Centre provides a confidential counselling service for those who have been sexually assaulted or abused: (+61 8) 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888 (freecall from landlines)
- National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service: 1800 RESPECT/1800 737 732 (24-hour confidential line)
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- Crisis Care: (+61 8) 9223 1111
- Mental Health Emergency Services: 1300 555 788
- Salvo Care: 13 72 58
- Yorgum offers culturally informed counselling for Indigenous victims of sexual assault
- QLife (LGBTI): 1800 184 527
- MAITRI Mental Health Services offers a culturally and linguistically diverse service
What constitutes sexual harassment or violence
Sexual harassment is unwelcome behaviour or contact of a sexual nature which offends, intimidates, embarrasses or humiliates a person. Sexual harassment is not about sexual attraction; it is about inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour towards a member of the University community which may be detrimental to their study, employment or accommodation.
Sexual violence may take many forms including sexual assault and sexual abuse, which involves unwanted sexual acts or behaviours which a person did not consent to or was not able to consent to. While acts of sexual violence are criminal matters best investigated by the police, advice and support is available on campus and externally.
Behaviour can constitute sexual harassment or violence if it’s non-consensual, unwelcome and/or unreciprocated, even if it comes from someone in which you’re in a personal relationship with.
Respect. Now. Always. Campaign
UWA supports the Universities Australia campaign Respect. Now. Always. The campaign has three key elements: raising awareness of sexual assault and harassment issues and lifting the visibility of support services; obtaining prevalence data to guide further improvements in policies and services; and assisting universities to share best practice resources across the sector.
College Row Cultural Review Report
In October 2017, UWA and the five residential colleges commissioned a review of sexual misconduct in the college setting in accordance to Recommendation 9 from AHRC’s research study and report. The overarching report findings are available in the Report’s Executive Summary.