Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable, frightened, or threatened. It is sexual activity that you have not freely agreed to, where another person uses emotional or physical force, coercion, or threats against you.
Sexual assault and sexual harassment are always unacceptable – at university and anywhere else. It is not your fault.
Emergency & Crisis Support
University Security on 8344 6666 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for on-the-spot help. If your situation is immediately life-threatening or urgent, always call Victoria Police on 000 first.
For medical and crisis counselling support:
24-hour response to recent sexual assaults for women and men is available at:
Women’s Emergency Care
20 Flemington Road
The Royal Women’s Hospital Sexual Assault Crisis Line – provides crisis care response to females and males who have experienced sexual assault
Phone: 9635 3610 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Sexual Assault Crisis Line – state-wide, after-hours, confidential, telephone crisis counselling service for people who have experienced both past and recent sexual assault.
Phone: 1800 806 292 (5pm – 9am)
Universities Australia National Support Line – As part of the Respect. Now. Always. campaign, this a counselling line for students affected by sexual assault and harassment to access support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until 30 November 2017. The phone number to call is: 1800 572 224
1800Respect – National sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Phone: 1800 737 732
Online Chat: https://www.1800respect.org.au/get-help/
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre
Phone: 1800 015 188 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
No to Violence Men’s Referral Service
1300 766 491 (9am – 9pm, Monday – Friday)
Every person’s experience of sexual assault is different, and the kind of supports you want or need are individual and can change over time. Some people may find it helpful to get help from their family and friends, while others may also want support outside of their personal networks. It is important to know that there are many support options and that it is your choice to decide what will work best for you.
There are a range of services that can support your physical, emotional, practical and/or legal needs.
Within the University, current and former students can receive support from the Safer Community Program. If you, or someone you know, has been sexually assaulted, you can report incidents and access support, advice, information and other specialist services here. The Safer Community Program can be contacted by:
Phone: 9035 8675
Or drop into Stop 1 on the corner of Grattan and Swanston Streets
The Safer Community website also includes information about reporting to Victoria Police.
Other services within the University include Counselling and Psychological Services, where there are experienced counsellors who can help and give you an idea of what other assistance is available, and the University Health Service for medical support.
For University Staff, the Inappropriate Workplace Behaviour Line is now available for employees to report inappropriate employee behaviour of unlawful discrimination, harassment, bullying, stalking, sexual assault, victimisation or vilification. Employees who experience or observe behaviours inconsistent with the University's Appropriate Workplace Behaviour Policy: https://policy.unimelb.edu.au/MPF1328 should, in the first instance, contact their line manager and HR manager, or if this is not an option, contact the Inappropriate Workplace Behaviour Line on 1800 685 463.
Outside the University, there are Centres Against Sexual Assault (CASAs ) located throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria. CASA aims to provide access to comprehensive and timely support and intervention to address the needs of women, children and men who have experienced sexual assault.