How your workplace can break the cycle of family violence
Why taking immediate action will save Australian lives
Family violence can happen to anyone. As a manager or colleague, it can be difficult to know where to begin when you suspect or know that someone you work with is living with domestic violence. Your organisation, big or small, can do a lot to help change the statistics. This white paper was developed as a practical resource to help you build a workplace where staff feel safe and supported.
What’s in the paper
This paper aims to raise awareness and build a collective understanding and intolerance for behaviours and attitudes that perpetrate violence.
It highlights why it’s crucial for all workplaces to take action and offers practical information about how you can make a difference including:
• Developing a workplace policy
• How to address gender inequality in the workplace
• Videos and other resources to share with staff and colleagues
• How to ask about personal safety and appropriately respond
• Where to refer people impacted by family violence
Some of these strategies you can start today, others will take time to adopt. The most important thing is to start today so you can help change tomorrow.
“When we are faced with a statistic that sees one woman every week lose her life, it’s imperative that we take action and do everything we can to make change – you can do this in your workplace tomorrow. It’s a problem that needs us to act, act now, and act together.”Renae Lowry, Executive General Manager, MatchWorks
MatchWorks is a community-based, not-for-profit employment services provider focused on helping people reach their potential, regardless of their background, age or ability.
We developed this paper because we know the important role the workplace can play in breaking the cycle of family violence. Together with our parent organisation, genU, we have invested a lot of time and resources in educating and supporting our own staff around this devastating issue. Sharing this resource means more employers can take action and ultimately, help save Australian lives.