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Respectful Community Initiative

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The Respectful Community Initiative is a primary prevention strategy aimed at preventing sexual and interpersonal violence within the Monash University community. It takes a whole of community approach to addressing violence and promoting respectful and equitable gender relations. It aims to:

  • change the cultural and social norms that support violence
  • promote respectful and equitable gender relations
  • build the capacity of bystanders, particularly students, to challenge violent behaviours and violence-supportive attitudes
  • reduce the harmful use of alcohol.

What does it deliver?

Discussion groups and training

We can run a session with your team/club/group to address cultures or sub-communities experiencing issues in creating a respectful environment. Refresher sessions are also available.

We also provide training in violence prevention and how students can create a safer and more inclusive community. For more details, see Respectful Community Initiative Training.


Targeted presentations explaining how to create and maintain a respectful community are available. These can be targeted presentations. Example topics include:

  • the importance of inclusion (women in sport)
  • harm minimisation (responsible behaviour around drugs and alcohol)
  • the harm to society of violence against women (White Ribbon campaign)
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Promotional campaigns

We offer graphics, posters and flyers to help promote the creation of a safe, welcoming and inclusive community. These campaigns can be done in conjunction with presentations and discussion groups

Meeting items

We can attend your team meetings to explain what the Respectful Community Initiative is and what resources we can provide.

Who is it for?

The Respectful Community Initiative is for the whole Monash community, with a focus on sporting teams, students living on-campus, Monash clubs, societies, associations and unions.

All of our offerings are free of charge.

Contact for enquiries

Ellen Perriment
Respectful Community Initiative Project Officer
Phone: 03) 9905 1599