Sexual assault, sexual harassment and crisis support

If you are in immediate danger, or in an emergency situation, call police, ambulance or fire services on 000 (triple zero).

If you are on any of our campuses and need help, you can also call Security:

Make sure you add the Security contact details to your phone so that you can get in touch quickly if you need them.

If you have had an experience of sexual assault or sexual harassment that may not require emergency services, during business hours contact Campus Care on (02) 4921 8600

For crisis support outside office hours (between 5pm and 9am on weekdays, and 24 hours on weekends) contact the out-of-hours crisis support line:

Sexual assault and sexual harassment support

An experience of sexual assault and sexual harassment is a serious issue that can impact anyone, regardless of their age, race, gender identity, sexual preferences, religious or cultural background. We take a victim/survivor-led approach to ensure that those who have been  impacted by sexual assault and/or harassment may find the support they need, whenever they need it.

There is no right or wrong way to react to the impact of sexual assault and sexual harassment. Please know that if you contact us you will be believed and supported. Your phone call or email will be answered by one of our two full-time Campus Care staff, Rachael McDermott or Emma Edwards, who are both health professionals who have skills and experience in responding to reports of this nature. We aim to ensure that you have access to advice and information about your options for support and reporting within the University and externally. Talking to Campus Care does not mean that you are making a formal report to the university. We will keep your information confidential and support you to make decisions from an informed place.

There are a range of free and confidential services available to ensure you do not feel alone in this time. In addition to Counselling and wellbeing support, we can support you to consider your academic position and any flexibility you may need as a result of the impact of your experience. We will also talk with you about your feelings of safety on campus and any strategies we may be able to suggest to ensure this.

For further information on how reports to the University are managed, please visit our FAQs on Reporting.

Other services to contact may include:

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