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Gender Violence Explained

Although gender violence is traditionally defined as violence against women, the definition has expanded to include any violence against women, men, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individuals. This type of violence can include physical, psychological or sexual abuse to the victims, including rape. Gender violence can take place in a personal relationship or in a public arena, between men and women, between the same genders, between partners or between strangers. Gender violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, class, age, appearance, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Gender violence can include:

  • Sexual assault
  • Abuse
  • Stalking
  • Domestic/relationship/dating violence

At the University of Denver, we believe that everyone deserves to be respected and treated with dignity and decency, regardless of differences in gender or sexual orientation. Stated in the second line of the University of Denver Honor Code, students pledge "to respect differences in people, ideas and opinions."