Consent Matters

Preventing and responding to sexual harm

We’re committed to preventing sexual harm, providing compassionate support for people who have experienced sexual harm and ensuring Deakin campuses, including our online spaces, are safe.

You can help us build our respectful and safe community by:

  • calling out disrespectful or discriminatory behaviour if it’s safe to do so
  • reporting disrespectful or discriminatory behaviour (this includes harassment and any form of sexual harm)
  • completing the Respect at Deakin module (you’ll also find it under ‘Course sites and useful extras’ in DeakinSync) – we encourage you to do the module in your first trimester, but it’s available year-round, so you can access it any time that suits
  • attending Deakin’s Bystander Intervention training (for more information, email [email protected]).

If you do experience sexual harm, Safer Community will ensure that you are supported and provided with accurate and timely information so you can make informed decisions. For confidential assistance, contact us during business hours (Monday to Friday, 9am–4pm) by:

Safer Community is not an emergency or crisis response service. If you or someone else needs immediate help, please contact Victoria Police by calling Triple Zero (000) or Deakin Security on 1800 062 579 (on-campus only).

As a student, if you have experienced sexual harm you can also choose to make a report to the Student Complaints team who can investigate any report made against staff members, or to Student Conduct who can investigate reports of sexual harm by other students. The team can talk you through the process and support you as your case is investigated.

We encourage you to download and use our free SafeZone app (Apple Store/Google Play) whenever you feel unsafe or threatened, or if you witness abusive or unacceptable behaviour on campus.

You can also contact off-campus specialist services at any time:

Read more about Deakin’s Sexual Harm Prevention and Response Policy.

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