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Definition

Repeated attempts to impose unwanted communications and/or or contacts on another in a manner that could be expected to cause distress and/or fear in any reasonable person.
(MacKenzie, R.D, McEwan, T.E, Pathe', M.T., Ogloff, J.R.P, Mullen, P.E (2009))

Assistance at Monash University

Safer Community Unit contact

Staff from the Safer Community Unit can give sound advice and support, including early identification of the behaviour, risk assessment and management strategies to:

  • avoid victimisation and bring an end to the behaviour
  • preserve evidence
  • protect personal information and personal safety.

Advice can be given on intervention order applications when required.

Where necessary, the Safer Community Unit can take action to reduce risk, including investigation and escalation to formal University processes.

We can provide referrals to support services, including counselling, Victoria Police, Legal Aid and the Registrar of the Magistrates Court.

Counselling Service The Counselling Service provides counselling and assistance.
Telephone counselling Available to students and staff after-hours for those who can't access face-to-face counselling.
Community Legal Services Free legal advice for the community.
Security Service Immediate attendance to incidents on campus.
External help
Victoria Police Immediate attendance on campus. In consultation with the victim, the police will investigate.
Magistrates Court To make an intervention order to protect you from violent or threatening behaviour.
Victorian Legal Aid Legal advice and representation (where eligible).
Community Legal Services Free legal advice to all members of the community.
Forensicare's Problem Behaviour Program Consultation and treatment for people with a range of problem behaviours associated with recent or imminent offending.
University policies and procedures
Victorian legislation
Crimes Act 1958 Section 21A Stalking
Application