Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Three Forms of Violence as identified by the Joint Program on Workplace Violence in the Health Sector

Physical violence
Involves actions using force against another, including beating, stabbing, shooting, raping, pushing, hitting and any other forms of physical aggression/assault.

Sexual violence
Includes verbal or physical behaviours based on gender and/or sexuality.

Psychological violence
Involves verbal or physical threats, intimidation, or demeaning behaviours such as being followed, insulted, sworn or shouted at, criticized, made to feel bad or guilty, and includes passive aggressive approaches and acts of neglect or failure to acknowledge contributions of others.