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How to prevent violence in universities

Evidence-based prevention

Evidence shows that for universities to prevent gender-based they need to address what drives violence across the entire institution.

Educating for Equality outlines a whole-of-university approach and can guide you to build a university that actively promotes gender equality.

What is Educating for Equality?

Educating for Equality aims to draw together the entire university in a joint effort to prevent gender-based violence. This work needs to be holistic and underpinned by a long-term strategy and sector coordination.

Educating for Equality includes:


Guidance that outlines the need for universities to take action across five key domains.

Step-by-step process

A five-step cycle that enables universities to assess how equal and respectful their institution is and identify key actions to make lasting positive change.

A suite of tools and resources

A suite of tools and resources that support universities to take action.

The domains

Taking a whole-of-university approach means making sure messages and actions are reinforced in all areas of the university. That’s why Educating for Equality is framed around five key domains.

If universities promote a culture of equality and respect across these areas, they can address the drivers of gender-based violence.

Five map location icons on a pale green background listing 'Student life, teaching and learning, workplace, research, business and operations' under the title 'Domains, Where universities can create change'.
Domains where universities can create change: Student life, teaching and learning, workplace, research, business and operations. Image from Educating for Equality, Our Watch.

The process

The Educating for Equality process guides you through a continuous improvement cycle to assess your university, identify priority areas and implement actions to embed gender equality.

No two universities are the same so it also allows you to take stock of where your university is at, identify any gaps in your approach and focus on the areas (or domains) that need specific action.

This process includes:

  • engaging leaders, students and other key stakeholders
  • undertaking a self-assessment across the five key domains
  • developing an action plan and monitoring plan
  • delivering your planned actions and refining as you go.

Each of these steps is based on evidence and research. With these building blocks in place, you will be ready to implement change.

Tools and resources

This website contains free resources to support every step in the Educating for Equality process, including:

  • how-to guides
  • strategy design and planning tools
  • communications tools
  • training slides and notes for engaging staff
  • teaching and learning resources for engaging students.

What's next?

The Educating for Equality step-by-step process