Federation University is continuing work to prevent gendered violence, with new training for all student-facing staff and a focus on shifting stereotypes.
The university is taking actions outlined in Our Watch's Educating for Equality framework, which the Victorian government is funding to roll-out to all Victorian universities.
Federation University Dean of Students and Registrar Teresa Tjia said universities could play an important role in challenging the behaviours, culture, norms and structures that drove gender-based violence.
"It is a place of learning. We cannot not only put in place these programs, we can research and evaluate their effectiveness and share those learnings with the community and government," she said.
"Many of our young people are at an age where they are encountering significant gender-based issues for the first time.
"Federation has a wide diverse cohort from all sorts of backgrounds, socio-economic and cultural linguistic."
Ms Tjia said regular training for staff and students on equal rights and preventing and responding to discrimination and harassment had already been implemented.
What can we do to shift that dial around people's perceptions, beliefs and biases?Teresa Tjia, Federation University
There is a Safer Campus online resource and staff have been surveyed on their experiences of workplace equality and harassment and bullying.
Ms Tjia said more training will soon be rolled out to ensure student-facing staff were equipped to respond to disclosures about gender-based harm, violence and stereotypes.
"We will train a wide range of staff from security, to front-line administration, teachers, academics, tutors," she said.
"They can be the first point of contact if someone wants to talk and we need to make sure students are supported and can be referred to appropriate services and processes along the way."
Ms Tjia said the university would be working to create more awareness of how stereotypes play into gender-based harm and violence and how it can be addressed.
"What can we do to shift that dial around people's perceptions, beliefs and biases?," she said.
"That is what we want to do more of and will work towards in 2022."
In Australia, one woman is murdered by a partner every nine days.
One in five women will experience sexual violence in her lifetime. One in four women will experience emotional abuse from a current or former partner.
The Educating for Equality primary prevention model follows work completed through the Respect. Now. Always framework introduced in 2016.
It followed findings that 26 per cent of students in Victoria were sexually harassed at university in 2016, with a lower rate of 14 per cent at Federation University.
The 2021 National Student Safety Survey, building on the initial survey in 2016, opened on September 7 and closes on Monday.
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