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Sexual harassment helpline


The sexual harassment helpline provides an initial point of contact for victims of sexual harassment and offers counseling for those affected, including legal advice.

Target groups

University Students /

Implementing organization

Mozarteum University Salzburg - Institute for Diversity and Gender Studies / University of Salzburg - gendup - Center for Gender Studies and the Advancement of Women /


Ingrid Schmutzhart; Ingrid.schmutzhart@sbg.ac.at


Has been offered at the Salzburg universities since February 4, 2014

Relation to gender equality targets

Ethical principles for guidelines on antidiscrimination and equal opportunities at the Mozarteum University Salzburg

Several sections of the Universities Act (UG) address equal opportunity and antidiscrimination

Plan for the Advancement of Women: Section 31 – Protection of dignity in the workplace

Continued operation of the sexual harassment helpline is one of the responsibilities detailed in the Development Plan (page 40)

The objective(s) of the tool

Provide assistance in cases of sexual harassment and advice on possible legal action.

Description of the tool

The sexual harassment helpline is a shared initiative of the Salzburg universities (Paris Lodron University of Salzburg – PLUS, Mozarteum University Salzburg – MOZ, Paracelsus Medical University – PMU), the state government of Salzburg, and the Salzburg public hospitals.

On two consulting days, affected individuals at all the participating institutions can contact the helpline anonymously and free of charge. The helpline responds to each case individually; where required a female legal expert from the Centre for Protection Against Violence is available for advice on legal action.

Informational material is made available at the Mozarteum University Salzburg in the form of postcards, website downloads, displays, and bulletin boards, and on the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) information stand at appropriate Events.

How the tool works, practical experience

In the first half year one use of the helpline was reported. Those involved have agreed that it is important to keep the helpline active despite this sporadic usage. To increase awareness of the helpline further initiatives are planned.



Further information (in German only)