How safe are you in Australian bars?

National conversations around sexual assault and women’s safety issues have coincided with the re-opening of pubs and clubs. Yet the past two decades have seen no research efforts devoted to understanding the prevalence of drink spiking in Australia.

An outbreak in Melbourne that saw 18 women hospitalised combined with social media activism has prompted victims to come forward with their stories, revealing just how common this issue is and just how ill-equipped our hospitality industry is to respond.

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In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit Another helpful resource maybe Sexual Assault Counselling Australia: 1800 211 028. In an emergency, call 000.