Everyone has the right to feel safe. If you’re a victim/survivor of a crime, it’s never your fault. Regardless of the circumstances, the offender is entirely responsible. But there are some things you can do to help you stay safe – these differ depending on the situation.
- Keep your belongings with you and avoid leaving anything valuable unattended (e.g. don’t leave your laptop unattended in the library).
- Properly store your bike by using the bike cages and bike lockup.
- Save the number for Security in your phone or call Security using the Monash bSafe app if you need help on campus.
- If you ever feel unsafe, use the services provided by Monash Security. You can arrange a free safety escort, or use the after-hours Security bus to get around campus or travel within a 2km radius of the campus.
- Keep your belongings out of view (e.g. don’t leave your phone visible in your back pocket, or leave your bag unzipped).
- Don’t give out personal information (e.g. your address).
- Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings (e.g. look where you’re walking rather than at your phone; if you have headphones in, keep the volume low).
- Look for safety features like CCTV cameras and police or security.
Going out at night
- Plan your trip to your destination and back again.
- Never take a ride with a stranger.
- Travel in a group (if possible).
- Use footpaths and crossings and stick to well-lit areas.
- Never leave your drinks unattended.
- Know your own limits – if you’re not comfortable with something, say no.
- Look after your friends.
- Keep windows and doors locked, especially at night.
- Don’t open the door to strangers.
- Don’t hide a key outside the house.
- Keep valuables out of view from outside your home.
Using public transport
- Check timetables in advance.
- At night, sit in a location nearest to the driver or staff.
- Know the locations of emergency assistance buttons.
- If you feel uncomfortable, move to a different spot.
- If travelling alone, let someone know your travel schedule.
- Keep your belongings close to you.
Our community here at Monash is all about respect, safety and looking out for each other. There are many ways we can be an active bystander when we witness violence, abuse or unacceptable behaviour.
As an active bystander, you should:
- assess the situation and intervene if it’s safe
- listen to the person who is being harmed and ask them how you can support them
- address the issue directly or distract the person causing the problem to make sure the person at risk is alright (if it’s safe to do so)
- delegate to someone with authority (e.g. police or security) by reporting the incident
- use the Monash bSafe app to contact emergency services or use the resource section to find out what to do next
- let the person who is affected know about the support options available to them
- follow up with the person who is affected at a later stage (if possible).
For more information, take a look at Victoria Police's web page on personal safety.