How you respond is important
A report or disclosure may be received by anyone within the Griffith community. The best way to provide support is to let the survivor tell their story, assure them that it is not their fault, let them know that you believe them and refer them to specialised support services.
Often, disclosures are made by survivors who are seeking assistance for other matters eg. "I need an extension on my assessment" or "I need to take a few days off". For this reason, the University recognises that anyone in our campus communities might hear a disclosure.
To aide in providing the most effective possible support for students and staff, SASH Responders can be found in schools, departments and services across the University.
If there is a continued threat to the safety of the person, or others around, or anyone is in need of urgent medical attention, you should call 000 in the first instance, otherwise you should always be guided by the wishes of the survivor and let them be in control of what happens next.
The manner in which you respond can have a significant impact on the survivor's willingness and ability to report an incident or seek further support.
Here are some basic principles to follow:
SASH Responders are a network of staff who have been trained to assist students and staff to understand their support and reporting options relating to:
- sexual assault,
- sexual harassment and
- other types of personal violence including domestic and family violence.
SASH Responders are located in schools, departments and services across the University's five campuses.
Harassment & Discrimination Contact Officers
Harassment and Discrimination Contact Officers are a network of staff who have been trained to assist students and staff to understand the reporting and resolution options relating to bullying, harassment and discrimination at the University.
Harassment and Discrimination Contact Officers are located across Griffith's campuses.
Concerned about a student in crisis?
You can consult with Health, Counselling & Wellbeing Services about responding to students who are in distress or at risk.
Students can also contact the Mental Wellbeing Support Line, a free 24 hours/day, 7 days/week service for students in need of immediate support.
If you are experiencing an emergency or in immediate danger, call 000 for immediate police or ambulance assistance. If you are on campus, you should also call the Campus Support Team on 1800 800 707.