Seeking help and support at Western Sydney University
In any crisis call Emergency Services on 000
Counselling support - talking to someone can help
Students are encouraged to talk with a counsellor from our student Counselling Service. This is a free service available to all students. Any matters discussed are treated with respect to an individual's right to privacy.
Staff are encouraged to access the University's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for themselves or a family member. This confidential counselling service is provided to all staff, including their immediate family members at no cost.
You have a right to feel safe on campus
The safety of our staff and students is a priority. If you are concerned for the safety of yourself, or any individual on campus you should contact Campus Safety and Security on 1300 737 003. If there is an immediate life threatening situation call 000.
Campus security can also be made aware of any active apprehended violence orders and staff can also discuss individual safety options with their Manager or HR representative.
Study and staff adjustments are available for students and staff
Staff experiencing family or domestic violence can access leave options as outlined in the University's staff agreements and other supports to assist in the circumstances. You can also request a flexible working arrangement. Visit the Flexible Work Option webpage to find out more or speak to your Manager or HR representative.
Adjustment to study arrangements may be available to students such as assessment extensions and special exam provisions. The Counselling Services team can talk you through your options.
Contact Ms Michelle Falconer, Director, Equity, Diversity and Wellbeing on 0409 227 897 or via email for confidential advice on supports.
Men can also be victims of domestic and family violence and are entitled to full protection under legislation. MensLine Australia is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and is delivered by On The Line.
This helpline is available 9am-5pm Monday to Friday for information on support services or to report concerns of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older people and adults with disability living in their home and community.
Domestic and family violence occurs when there is violence, abuse or bullying behaviour towards you by someone who has a close relationship with you. The behaviour or actions are intended to scare and control and it can happen at home or outside the home.
Domestic and family violence can happen to anyone regardless of culture, age, education, gender or sexual orientation. Domestic and family violence can refer to intimate partner abuse or abuse between siblings, parents, children, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Violence against women is a serious and widespread problem in Australia, with enormous individual and community impacts and social costs.
Our Watch (a nationwide organisation which has been established to drive change) provides the following facts and figures:
On average, one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner.
1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.
1 in 5 Australian women has experienced sexual violence.
Women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence.
Visit Safe and Equal to debunk myths about domestic and family violence.
Change the story
Our Watch has developed a framework which supports a violence free Australia and identifies gender inequality is at the core of the problem of violence against women. The framework seeks to ensure an Australia free of violence against women and their children where women are not only safe, but respected, valued and treated as equals in private and public life.
The following video Let's change the story: Violence against women in Australia highlights key shapers of inequality between men and women and drivers of domestic violence.
NSW Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - Assist people who may be at risk of domestic violence to find out if their current or former partner has a history of violent criminal offences. For Shoalhaven, St George, Sutherland and Oxley LGAs
Another Closet - For people in LGBTIQ relationships who are, or may be, experiencing domestic and family violence
Immigrant Women’s Speak Out Service - NSW - A peak advocacy, information/referral and research body for immigrant and refugee women in NSW. Provides direct services for homelessness, domestic violence and employment, education and training.
Relationships Australia - Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services for individuals, families and communities