Combatting gender-based violence at ANU

5 December 2019

You may have seen that ANU has been providing lots of information and advice via social media over the past 12 days around combatting gender-based violence against women and girls.

The University's commitment to participating in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence - including providing guidance for the ANU Community around who to turn to and seek support from - follows the release of the ANU Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy last month.

The Respectful Relationships Unit

The Respectful Relationships Unit is here to support survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment, provide education and training to the ANU Community, empower bystanders and encourage positive change across the University. Visit to find support for yourself or someone close to you, learn about the difference between disclosing and reporting, and discover how you can play a role in creating a university free from sexual violence.

Help develop the Rolling Action Plan

In 2020, there will be engagement sessions on the Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy's Rolling Action Plan held on Tuesday 25 February, Friday 20 March and Wednesday 22 April. These sessions are open to everyone in the ANU community, and will be held in the Marie Reay Teaching Centre. Follow the Respectful Relationship Unit's Facebook page for more details at You can read the Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy, as well as a Background document, at

Complete or revisit training around consent and responding

ANU has important training resources available for students and staff called Consent Matters and Responding to Disclosures. These modules can be done through Wattle and Pulse respectively. More information about online and face-to-face training can be found at

Reporting sexual misconduct

It's important that members of the ANU community understand what options for reporting are available to someone who's experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment. An overview of reporting options that also outlines on-campus services that can assist in understanding these options can be found at You can also contact the Respectful Relationships Unit for more information and support at


Launched in 2016, the ANUOK App was developed with the help of students and staff, and provides access to a range of services offered by ANU security including requesting a security escort. We also recommend you save the number for ANU Security in your phone: (02) 6125 2249.

Respectful Relationships Unit training calendar

The Respectful Relationships Unit runs a variety of training sessions from Understanding Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment through to bystander programs that teach safe ways to intervene in instances of problematic behaviour. Read about all the available training sessions at

Additional support

If you or someone you know needs immediate support, contact:

Lifeline: 13 11 14

1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732


ANU- specific crisis support line: 1300 050 327


Canberra Rape Crisis Centre on campus: 6247 2525