The definitions provided on this page are for illustrative purposes only and are not a definitive list.
There is often overlap between definitions. You can also visit the support pages for information on definitions and the internal and external support services available.
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 assault is unwanted and unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature and can include pinching, embracing, groping, kissing, rape or penetration without consent.
Sexual misconduct is defined as any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which occurred in person or by letter, telephone, text, email, or other electronic and/or social media. Sexual misconduct can happen to anyone, regardless of gender identity or sexuality. It can include engaging, or attempting to engage, in a sexual act with another individual without consent, sexually touching another person without their consent and recording and/or sharing intimate images or recordings of another person without their consent.
Domestic or relationship abuse, also known as domestic violence, can affect people of all genders and sexuality. It may be committed within an intimate (ex-intimate) relationship, or between family members. It can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, coercive control / emotional abuse and also so-called 'honour'-based violence and forced marriage.
Stalking is unwanted, repeated, obsessive and/or controlling behaviours that make someone distressed or scared. There are many ways stalking can be perpetrated and it is most likely to be someone the recipient already knows.