Respect and Equality Department

logo service Respect Egalité Aix Marseille Université
Service pour le Respect et l'Egalité Aix Marseille Université

Given the importance of the phenomenon of violence and discrimination in contemporary society, it seemed necessary for the university, which is strongly committed to this subject, to improve its prevention, reception and support system, which has existed since 2016.
Inspired by the University of Montreal's system, the creation of this new internal service, which is independent, professionalized and unique in France, makes Aix-Marseille University a pioneer in this field.

1. The new Respect and Equality of Aix Marseille University

The mission of this service is to prevent and fight against all forms of sexist or sexual violence, harassment and discrimination.

 See the presentation video ICI

Contact by email Or by phone at 04 13 550 550

2. Emergency Numbers

  •     The 17:  police and  gendarmerie
  •     The 112: single European call number to access emergency services
  •     Le 15: 24-hour medical emergencies (SAMU)
  •     Le 18: firefighters
  •     The 114: emergency number for the deaf or hard of hearing

Number 3919 National information and referral hotline for women victims of gender-based and sexual violence.

Free and anonymous, number accessible 24/7.

La Maison des femmes Marseille Provence Hôpital de la Conception, Main Building (Bât. A), Garden Level

Prevent, Care and Accompany

Opened in January 2022, a unique place of reception, listening, care, support and guidance for vulnerable women and victims of violence

3. 'Harassment and violence' roundtable on March 18, 2021

with the participation of 

  • Geneviève CASILE-HUGUES - M/C HDR in private law and criminal sciences and referent of AMU's device against harassment and violence (2021-2022)
  • Sophie SERENO - M/C Faculty of Law and Political Science / Center for Social Law / AMU
  • Yolande ESKENAZI - Head of the regional pole of the Rights Defender

One of the highlights of this meeting was the importance of defining the various forms that harassment and violence can take as well as the sanctions incurred. Prior to the definitions and examples presented 39% of the audience surveyed considered themselves to have been a victim or witness; this increased to 67% after the presentation.

Find the video of the March 18 panel discussion below


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2. Violence against women

Violence against women refers to "all acts of gender-based violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life." (Source: Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, United Nations General Assembly Resolution 48/104 of 20 December 1993)

The government campaign  Reacting can change everything  aims to mobilize all of French society because everyone is concerned and should feel concerned. And more particularly the entourage, more or less close, and the potential witnesses: it can be family, friends, colleagues, people exposed to a scene of violence and/or having had knowledge of violence. Find two of the videos of this campaign:


Violences sexistes et sexuelles dans la sphère privée - Réagir peut tout  changer - YouTube

Gender-based and sexual violence in the private sphere

Violences sexistes et sexuelles dans la sphère professionnelle - Réagir  peut tout changer - YouTube

Gender and Sexual Violence in the Professional Sphere

Aix Marseille University, winner in 2016, 2017, 2018 of the Orange Day Award relays the action of UN Women France during each annual activism campaign against gender-based violence in November.

We recommend consulting the following publications (in PDF opposite)

  • COVID-19 and Violence Against Women (World Health Organization 2020)
  • Conjugal violence during confinement: evaluation, monitoring and proposals  Report of the MIPROF (inter-ministerial mission for the protection of women against violence and the fight against human trafficking)

Useful links
Contact information

Stop the Violence  on the Ministry of the Interior's portal designed to combat gender-based and sexual violence.

How to file a complaint of sexual or gender-based violence  Essential information for victims of violence.

violence against women
sexual harassment
homophobic sexual and gender-based violence
Women's House 13
homophobia LGBTIphobias
emergency assistance