Offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour involving the misuse of power that can make a person feel vulnerable, upset, humiliated, undermined or threatened.
Unwanted physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct which may intentionally or unintentionally violate a person’s dignity or create an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment which interferes with an individual’s learning, working or social environment.
Hate crimes or prejudice-based incidents are defined as any incident, which may constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hostility based on a person's race, religion, gender identity, disability and/or sexual orientation.
Domestic violence can be any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members. Including so-called ‘honour’-based violence and forced marriage.
Sexual harassment is unwanted and unwelcome words, conduct, or behaviour of a sexual nature that has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, embarrassing, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the recipient.
Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act or activity. There are many different kinds of sexual violence that exist on a continuum including but not limited to rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Sexual violence can be psychological and/or physical.
The definitions provided on this page are for illustrative purposes only and are not a definitive list, there is often overlap between definitions. If you have experienced anything that has made you feel uncomfortable you can report it, either anonymously or with contact details. You can also visit the support pages for information on definitions and the internal and external support services available.
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