Redfern Health Center

Sexual Health and Violence Prevention

Violence Prevention

What are sexual assault and relationship violence?

Sexual assault...
…is a violent act using power and control. Sexual assault is a continuum of violence which includes rape, incest, date and acquaintance rape, marital and partner rape, sexual harassment and voyeurism.

Relationship violence...
…is when in an intimate relationship, one or both partners experiences physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Stalking is also a form of relationship violence.

Healthy relationships...
…should have trust and mutual respect. Sexual contact should only be made when clear consent is given by both partners.

Sexual Health

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as “a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.”

Redfern offers free condoms to the students at the Pharmacy and in Health Promotion office. For information about STIs visit

Because sexual health encompasses so many areas, and because there is a great deal of misinformation on the Web, we have identified external websites that provide accurate and helpful information. Here is a list of topics covered: