Safer Community

Safer Community is a central point of enquiry, response and support for concerning, threatening or inappropriate behaviour.

Safer Community fosters a safe environment for staff, students and visitors at Victoria University. We provide support at all stages of responding to complex and sensitive situations.

In 2017, we launched VUSafe, VU's official mobile safety app. The app connects staff and students to campus safety, security and support resources and information.


In 'Safer Community':

Contact us

For immediate assistance contact VU Security on +61 3 9919 6666.

For advice, assistance and support if you have experienced or witnessed something concerning, contact Safer Community:

For more information about the VU Safer Community program, contact the Senior Coordinator, Dr Elli Darwinkel:

When to seek help

You can seek help from Safer Community if you:

  • have safety or wellbeing concerns for someone else
  • are feeling attacked, harassed, intimidated, bullied or threatened
  • witness or have information about concerning behaviour.

Concerning behaviours can affect students, staff, visitors and guests at the University:

  • on campus
  • off campus at university events or activities, such as a camp, meeting or conference
  • online, including emails, social media, and e-learning resources
  • via phone, including calls, texts and apps.

Assistance provided

Assistance provided by the Safer Community program includes:

  • triage and risk assessment
  • advice and assistance
  • referrals to support services
  • prevention, early intervention and case management
  • provision of education and training.

Racism. It Stops With Me.

VU is proud to support the National “Racism. It Stops With Me” campaign, led by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

VU is committed to preventing racism by pledging to undertake activities in support of the campaign.

The campaign aims to ensure Australians recognise that racism is unacceptable by:

  • providing tools and resources to take action
  • empowering individuals to prevent and respond effectively to racism.

For more information about the campaign visit Racism. It Stops With Me or follow the campaign on Twitter @ItStopsWithMe.