Respect. Now. Always

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The Respect. Now. Always. campaign was instigated by Universities Australia in collaboration with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to increase awareness of the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.

Launched in February 2016, the campaign focuses on the determination of Australia’s universities to prevent and address sexual assault and harassment across the sector. The campaign is key in raising awareness of the issue of sexual assault and sexual harassment and increase visibility of student support services. The campaign places a spotlight on student and staff wellbeing, and highlights the support avenues available to prevent and manage incidents.

In late 2016, tens of thousands of Australian university students, including the students of the University of Wollongong (UOW), were invited to participate in a prevalence survey surrounding student experiences of sexual assault and harassment. On August 1, 2017, the AHRC will release a National Report containing the survey results. UOW has committed to publicly releasing its institutional survey data in conjunction with National Report.

Further information about the definition of sexual assault and harassment is available on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.

Creating a safe work and study environment


UOW is fully supporting the aims of the Respect. Now. Always. campaign and is dedicated to a continuous process of raising awareness, providing support and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its students and staff. UOW places the highest priority on providing a safe study, living and working environment. Sexual assault and sexual harassment matters are dealt with under a ‘support first’ model and individuals are encouraged to report any incident to UOW for investigation.

UOW offers a range of free programs for staff and students, including: 

Mental Health First Aid (includes violence prevention and consent training)

Step Up Bystander Intervention

International Student Programs (ISP)

Consent Matters

Fullstop Foundation's Leadership Training


Contact information

Getting emergency help: 

  • Call Triple Zero (000) to connect to the Police and/or the Ambulance in situations where life is in danger, where a crime is taking place or the situation is critical.
  • If you are on a UOW campus call 4221 4900 for UOW Security and they will contact emergency services for you.
  • You can raise an alert through the free SafeZone app ( if you are on campus or in the vicinity of the University. UOW Security will respond and seek assistance from emergency services.

Getting support:

Support in the community:

  • NSW Police: call 000 in an emergency, or the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 for non-emergencies
  • A national 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) phone hotline is available 24/7 from 31 July to 30 November, offering student victims and survivors of sexual assault access to around-the-clock support.
  • Violence, Abuse and Neglect Service (VAN): Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District service providing crisis, medical and counselling support. Call 1300 792 755 any time
  • NSW Rape Crisis Centre: online and telephone support, call 1800 424 017 at any time
  • Victims Services’ Access Line: assisting victims of crime to access services. Call 1800 633 063, Mon-Fri, 8am to 6pm
  • QLife: LGBTQI Telephone Counselling and Information Line. Call 1800 184 527 from 3pm-midnight each day
  • MensLine: telephone and online support and information service for men. Call 1300 789 978 at any time.

Support at UOW:

  • Call the UOW Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment Support Service on 1300 303 455 (available 9am to 4.30pm weekdays) for information on support and UOW policies procedures and investigation processes
  • Staff can also access the UOW Employment Assistance Program (EAP) on 1300 361 008 available 24/7.

All information disclosed will be treated confidentially and only shared to third parties with your consent or if required or authorised under law.

What is sexual assault or sexual harassment?

I am a victim of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment

I am a witness of sexual assault

I am a witness of sexual harassment

I think I have committed sexual assault or sexual harassment




Last reviewed: 24 July, 2017

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