The Violence Prevention Coordinator operates at a primary prevention level. This means that education and initiatives are aimed at the whole University population, and high-risk groups, with the intention of preventing interpersonal violence before it occurs. This page contains information on accessing support.
If you or someone else are in immediate danger, call 111. If you cannot speak, stay silent and press 55. For more information click here.
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Violence Prevention Coordinator
The Violence Prevention Coordinator operates at a primary prevention level. The Student Health Service is equipped with the knowledge to provide support to students
The Violence Prevention Coordinator, Mikaela Walsh, is based at the Student Health Service building on the Hamilton campus.
The Violence Prevention Coordinator operates at a primary prevention level. This means that education and initiatives are aimed at the whole University population, and high-risk groups, with the intention of preventing interpersonal violence before it occurs.
Where can I find support?
The Student Health Service is able to provide on-campus support, resources and referrals for students experiencing interpersonal violence. This includes support from the General Practice (including the Tauranga Student Health Nurse) and the Mental Health and Wellbeing team (counselling and mental health support) or Bay Counselling and Therapy (Tauranga).
For more information regarding support both internally and externally, click on the red tabs above and scroll to the bottom of the page for support in your area.
What is interpersonal violence?
Interpersonal violence is an umbrella term that encompasses the varying degrees of relationships and violence used within them. Interpersonal violence includes Family & Intimate Partner Violence (close personal relationships) and Community Violence (people known and strangers).
Violence Prevention Strategy
The Violence Prevention Strategy outlines what Violence Prevention at The University of Waikato is working towards:
- Campaign to promote violence free campuses
- Provide a comprehensive education programme
- Integrated services are available to support staff and students
- Create connections with experts in the community
- Recognise and acknowledge the diverse communities, within the University, in Violence Prevention initiatives
- Implement a Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures
- Implement an Interpersonal Violence Policy and Procedures
Current Workshops & initiatives
- The Sexual Violence Policy and Procedures have been approved by the Vice-Chancellor.
- We have recruited four students as Violence Prevention Ambassadors to support Violence Prevention campaigns and visibility.
- Follow Violence Prevention on Instagram to keep up to date with all things Violence Prevention @wuviolenceprevention
- Through the Employability Plus Programme, and in partnership with Shama, we are running a sexual violence prevention project with students who registered their interest.
Keep an eye out for upcoming Violence Prevention Workshops & Initiatives at the University of Waikato!
The University of Waikato has a zero-tolerance stance towards violence
The University of Waikato has a zero-tolerance stance towards violence. Violence impacts the health and wellbeing of students and staff and may be in breach of the Code of Student Conduct, Staff Code of Conduct, or Sexual Violence Policy.
If you would like to make a complaint, you can do this online via our Complaints page.
As an International Student, if you need help understanding the formal complaint process you can speak with an International Student Advisor.
Online learning on Moodle
Find out more about modules available on Moodle for students and staff
Students at the University of Waikato have access to an online module via Moodle called Consent Matters. This module supports students' understanding of what consent is, and what their rights and responsibilities are. The module only takes one hour to complete.
For Staff & Student Leaders
Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence
Staff & student leaders at The University of Waikato have access to an online module called Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence. This module supports staff & student leaders with the knowledge to safely respond to someone who discloses an experience of sexual violence.