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Durham University

Sexual Violence & Misconduct: Prevention and Response

Education and Training

Prevention and Response Training

Preventing sexual violence and misconduct is not the responsibility of the survivor or target of sexual violence and misconduct. Risk reduction is not prevention. The training programme offered to students and staff focuses on understanding what sexual violence is, how to intervene, and how to respond. Education for students focuses heavily on understanding consent, respect and healthy relationships and active bystander intervention. Education for staff focuses on building awareness around these issues, learning practical skills to respond to disclosures and how to support survivors.

For students

  • The Colleges deliver Awareness Sessions during Induction Week for all new starters.
  • All Students are expected to take the online course: Consent Matters: Boundaries, Respect, and Positive Intervention (located under My Organisations & Online Training on DUO)
  • The University also delivers active bystander training.

For staff

All staff are encouraged to participate in disclosure training either in-person or online.

The following in-person sessions are bookable via the online training system:

  • Level 1: SVM Awareness and Disclosure Training
    • 3 sessions are available on 14 March 2019
    • 3 sessions are available on 14 May 2019
    • 3 sessions are available on 6 June 2019
  • Level 2: SVM Disclosure and Support Workshop
    • 2 sessions are available on 2 May 2019
    • 2 sessions are available 20 June 2019
  • Level 3: SVM Investigations Training
    • TBA
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Other Training Providers

There are other local and national organisations that provide training to university students and staff.

Further information

For more information or to request training, please email