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What is victimisation?

Not many people understand what victimisation is, but it is extremely serious, unlawful, and it can also be a criminal offence.

If you have made a complaint about sexual harassment, or some form of discrimination, and someone then threatens you, punishes you, or treats you unfavourably as a result, that is called victimisation.

Victimisation can cause depression and anxiety, and can affect a person’s health and safety.

If you believe you have been subjected to victimisation, it is important that you seek expert advice.

Please contact Discrimination Claims on 1300 853 837 and we can advise you of your best options moving forward.

The law

The legal definition of victimisation is when someone subjects or threatens to subject another person to any detriment.

Victimisation is prohibited under federal and state discrimination laws.

In some circumstances, victimisation can be a criminal offence and becomes a police matter if it involves threats to do harm to a person or property.

When does victimisation happen?

Victimisation can happen when someone is punished, or is threatened with punishment, because they have:

  • reasonably asserted their rights, or supported someone else’s rights, under federal anti-discrimination laws
  • made a complaint of discrimination or harassment
  • helped someone else make a complaint
  • attended a conciliation conference
  • made an allegation that a person has acted unlawfully under federal anti-discrimination laws

Examples of victimisation

Victimisation can include:

  • bullying and intimidation, including threatening phone calls or messages
  • being dismissed or denied a promotion at work
  • being refused further contract work
  • threats to fail someone’s school or university exams
  • threats or actual harm to a person or property

What should you do if you believe you have suffered victimisation?

If you believe you have suffered victimisation, there are a number of options available to you, so it is important to seek expert advice as soon as possible.

You may also be entitled to compensation.

Please call Discrimination Claims on 1300 853 837 and we can help advise you the best way to move forward.

Look after your health and well being

Victimisation can affect people in different ways.

It is vitally important to look after your health and safety and well being.

If you are feeling anxious or depressed, make sure that you talk to someone.

You can make an appointment to see your doctor, or you can contact:

beyondblue on 1300 22 4636

Lifeline on 13 11 44

Kids’ HelpLine on 1800 55 1800.

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