Aston University promotes and supports equality, diversity, and inclusion for all. We have zero tolerance for any forms of hatred and systemic injustice and are committed to justice for all those impacted by racism and discrimination.
Assault is when an individual or a group of individuals attack(s) a person/people physically or verbally, with or without the use of a weapon, or threatens to hurt someone. It can include shouting, swearing, scratching, pushing, spitting, kicking, punching, throwing things, using weapons, or physically restraining another person.
Assault can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, age or any other characteristic. However, if the assault was motivated by hostility towards a person or group due to a protected characteristic, that is considered a hate crime. Assault within relationships, or between family members is classified as domestic abuse.