Gendered Violence and Sexual Harassment

Gendered Violence and Sexual Harassment

Some types of behaviour are considered especially inappropriate not only because of the effect on the victim, but the underlying attitudes of the perpetrators which give rise to such behaviours.

If a person is made to feel uncomfortable, unsafe, threatened, ashamed, inferior, excluded, embarrassed or humiliated because of their sex, gender, sexual orientation, or because they do not adhere to dominant gender stereotypes or socially prescribed gender role, this is considered gendered violence.

This can include:

  • Stalking
  • Intimidation
  • Verbal abuse
  • Rude gestures
  • Offensive language and imagery
  • Sexual harassment
  • Physical assault including sexual assault and rape
  • Put downs, innuendo and insinuations
  • Ostracism and exclusion
  • Being undermined in your work or position


Gendered Violence and OHS

Section 21 of the OHS Act (2004) states that: "An employer must, so far as is reasonably practicable, provide and maintain for employees of the employer a working environment that is safe and without risks to health."

A workplace in which gendered violence is causing physical, sexual or psychological harm to a worker is clearly in breach of this.This locates the issue within an OHS framework, and therefore it can be dealt with like any other OHS issue.

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