Overview & Definitions
Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) is committed to contributing to the physical, psychological, social and spiritual health of individuals of varying abilities, backgrounds and interests. HEO firmly believes that only when sport environments are safe and inclusive can these values be realized. All HEO sanctioned programming should be in an environment that is accessible, inclusive and free from all forms of Maltreatment, Bullying and Harassment.
Maltreatment, Bullying & Harassment: Definitions
Maltreatment: Volitional acts that result in harm or the potential for physical or psychological harm. Maltreatment can take many forms,
but generally includes any act, lack of an action or deliberate behaviour, by a person(s) in a position of trust that causes physical,
emotional and/or sexual harm or damage to another person. Maltreatment also includes child abuse, which can be defined as any form of
physical, emotional and/or sexual mistreatment or lack of care which causes physical injury or emotional damage to a child, whether done
in person or through technology (including but not limited to computers, the Internet, cell phones, cameras, web cameras and other
Bullying: The combined use of negative aggression and power. It occurs when one or more individuals abuse power and direct verbal, physical or social aggression at another individual. Harm inflicted by Bullying may be physical, psychological, social or educational.
Harassment: Engaging in a course of vexatious comments or behaviours that are known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome, including but not limited to unwanted behaviour that is based on discrimination prohibited by human rights legislation and includes sexual harassment.
These definitions are expanded on in the Hockey Canada Code of Conduct
Please refer to the 2021-22 Maltreatment Statistics for HEO