Victoria University has a zero tolerance approach to violence in any form, including sexual and gender-based violence.

Gender-based violence is a serious social issue driven by gender inequality and enabled by sexist attitudes and behaviours.

We work to build a culture of safety and respect, where students and staff are empowered to become change agents to help stop gender-based violence at the University and in the wider community.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Banner: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. 25 November - 10 December 2018. #HearMeToo.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign that happens every year between 25 November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

The 2018 theme was "#HearMeToo."

in 2018 we again offered a diverse program of free events to highlight gender equality and preventing violence against women. VU staff and students, as well as community members, were all invited to participate in this free program of events.

VU participated in 16 Days of Activism for the first time in 2017.

Respect & Responsibility program

The Respect and Responsibility program implements the University’s Preventing Violence Against Women Ten Point Plan. We deliver programs and initiatives that challenge gender stereotyping and help change attitudes and behaviours around sexual assault and sexual harassment.

The ten point plan draws on international best practice in violence against women, and has been developed with input from staff and students at the University, including those who have experienced sexual violence, as well as external experts in the field.

  1. Promote gender equity across the Institution.
  2. Provide individual support to those affected by violence.
  3. Further develop policies, procedures and codes of conduct to ensure that the expectations of both staff and students in responding to and preventing violence against women are clear.
  4. Build staff and student knowledge and skills in issues pertaining to violence against women and its prevention.
  5. Ensure safe campus environments for all students, staff and visitors.
  6. Develop communications material to raise awareness of issues pertaining to violence against women and the role of men in taking action to prevent it.
  7. Develop leadership roles of students and staff in contributing to the prevention of violence against women.
  8. Develop academic leadership to support current and new research and teaching endeavours pertaining to violence against women.
  9. Build partnerships with communities, the public and private sectors to support collaborative action to prevent violence against women.
  10. Monitor, evaluate and report on outcomes achieved.

Read VU's Preventing Violence Against Women Ten Point Plan.

Some of the Respect and Responsibility program achievements include:

  • obtaining a Victorian Government grant to employ a student-as-staff project officer to develop a Student Reference Group to oversee the program's work
  • providing training workshops and development opportunities to students interested in leading action to challenge gender inequality
  • supporting VU students and staff from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to take part in a Leadership in Preventing Violence Against Women course coordinated by AMES
  • organising VU’s participation in the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence events in 2017 and 2018
  • in conjunction with VUSU, facilitating the painting of a mural at the Footscray Park Campus on International Women’s Day 2018.

Future initiatives include the development of an e-learning module that focuses on being an active bystander, and coordination of face-to-face training for VU student leaders in the areas of respectful relationships, gender equality, consent, and being an active bystander.

Please email respect.responsibility@vu.edu.au if you would like to be an active part of this important work.

Contact us

For more information about Respect and Responsibility programs, initiatives and training please contact:

Email: respect.responsibility@vu.edu.au