Our most frequently asked questions and answers
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Domestic Violence is when someone who is in an intimate relationship with another (or has previously been in an intimate relationship with another) uses violent, intimidating or abusive behaviour to control and dominate that person and/or that person’s children through fear tactics.
Acts of violence are patterns of behaviours designed to threaten, isolate and intimidate the victim. It is never just one incident.
Over time the frequency and severity of behaviours will often escalate and the cumulative harm caused can be severe. It will also impact on your ability to leave the relationship.
These acts can be expressed in different ways:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Psychological abuse
- Financial/economic abuse
- Spiritual abuse
- Social abuse
Domestic violence can happen anywhere and at any time, it’s not something that just occurs at home.
Family Violence is another term widely used to refer to domestic violence between family members, including someone who is or has been in an intimate relationship with you.
Our aim is to empower you to conduct profitable business activities with more success by imparting knowledge and creating a safer and more cost-effective workplace environment, free from domestic and family violence.
We Help You Do This By:
- Identifying current gaps in workplace policy and organisational efficiencies
- Creating a tailored solution to reduce the prevalence and financial costs of domestic and family violence in your workplace
- Imparting knowledge to create safer and more supportive workplace environments for affected staff.
- Helping you remove inefficiencies and improve staff productivity, performance, morale and retention related to exposure to domestic and family violence at work.
- Increasing your knowledge to better manage your corporate duty of care regarding anticipated domestic and family violence risk in the workplace.
- Delivery of World-class Primary Prevention Domestic and Family Violence Services
- Adherence to our 6 Core Values – Guaranteed at ALL Times
- Strengthening of workplace policies and practice guidelines that both mitigate organisational risk, provide clear guidelines, and satisfy corporate responsibilities
- Delivery of powerful knowledge, support and guidance as it relates to managing perpetrators of violence in the workplace safely
- Tools and knowledge to create a safer workplace and help reduce the impacts of cumulative harm affecting staff and their families, in many cases including children
Overall shifts in workplace culture as it relates to equality, organizational support, and awareness of domestic and family violence issues
- Disseminate clear and consistent messaging your workplace will not tolerate domestic and family violence in any form.
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Charters, White Ribbon Accreditation and other community-based participation programs.
- Create or strengthen workplace policies, practices and procedures on how to respond to domestic and family violence – Ensure there is a clear workplace referral pathway for all staff members.
- Know how to manage perpetrators of violence in the workplace.
- Workplace safety planning.
- Know how to develop and implement workplace safety solutions tailored specifically to each situation as it arises.
- Understand how to respond appropriately to any disclosures made and the impact first responses can create.
- Manage privacy and confidentiality.
A Conversation in Gender Equality
Australian Human Rights Commission (2017)
A platform for action: Responding to Violence against culturally and linguistically diverse women and their children
Department of Social Services (2015)
A Right to Safety – South Australia’s Women’s Safety Strategy 2011 – 2022
Office for Women, Government of South Australia
Change the Story:
A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children
Our Watch, VicHealth, ANROWS (2015)
Domestic and Family Violence Reduction Strategy 2014-2017: Safety is Everyone’s Right (NT)
Northern Territory Government
Domestic Violence in Australia
Commonwealth of Australia (2015)
It Stops Here: Standing together to end domestic and family violence in NSW
NSW Government (2014)
Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland
Bryce, Q and the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland (2015)
Reducing violence against women and their children
Department of Social Services (2015)
Royal Commission into Family Violence
Neave AO, M; Faulkner AO, P and Nicholson, T. (2016)
Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015 – 2020
Department of Premier and Cabinet, Tasmania (2017)
Taking Action: Tasmania’s Primary Prevention Strategy to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2012 – 2022
Community Development Division, Department of Premier and Cabinet
The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022
Initiative of the Council of Australian Governments
Third Action Plan 2016 – 2019: Of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022
An initiative of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments
Violence against women: Key Statistics
Western Australia’s Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Strategy to 2022
Department of Child Protection, Government of Western Australia