Support

IMPORTANT COVID-19 MESSAGE:
To keep us all safe, Student Wellbeing Services (Counselling, Disability and Welfare) are offering students the next available online appointment. If you require a face-to-face appointment, please discuss this with Wellbeing staff at the time of booking.

Support for survivors of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment

If you have experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault, support is available.

In an emergency, please call 000 now.

Western is committed to creating safer university communities. We treat information regarding sexual assault or sexual harassment seriously.

Sexual assault and sexual harassment are never OK. It is always the fault of the perpetrator.

After any trauma, survivors may feel confused, overwhelmed or nothing at all. This page (opens in a new window) covers some impacts and other questions you may have. Here's (opens in a new window) an excellent blog on understanding trauma in a university setting.

You may want to talk with someone in our community. See Western's First Responder Network (opens in a new window) for a list of students and staff who have been trained to listen to and refer survivors of sexual assault and sexual harassment in our community.

Support at Western

Free, confidential and professional counselling is available for all Western students and staff

Students

Staff

Support in the community

Key services ‚Äč

NSW Health Sexual Assault Services (opens in a new window)

  • Penrith Sexual Assault Service (Springfield Cottage) (02) 4734 2512 (bh); (02) 4734 2000 (ah)
  • Macarthur/Bowral Sexual Assault Service (02) 4633 4100 (bh); (02) 9828 3000 (ah)
  • Liverpool/Fairfield Sexual Assault Service (02) 9828 4844 (bh); (02) 9828 3000 (ah)
  • Lithgow Sexual Assault Service (02) 4734 2512 (bh); (02) 4734 2000 (ah)
  • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (children and young people under 18 years of age) (02) 9845 2434 (bh) (02) 9845 0000 (ah)
  • Blacktown/Mt Druitt Sexual Assault Service  (02) 9881 8700 (bh); (02) 9845 5555 (Adult) (ah); (02) 9845 0000 (Children) (ah)
  • Bankstown Sexual Assault Service (02) 9828 4844 (business hours); (02) 9828 3000 (after hours)

International students

Information in various languages

Women's Health Centres (opens in a new window)

LGBTIQA+

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders

Disability

Men

Mental Health