Domestic and Family Violence in the workplace Our Industry has a predominantly female workforce so we need workplace strategies that addresses Domestic and Family Violence in every organisation CSIA partners with Basic Rights Queensland, WorkHaven and Government to bring together the information and resources you need to develop your Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) workplace strategy. We consulted with community services workers in a series of conversations to share stories about what works, what doesn’t and how we can work together as an Industry to better respond to employees experiencing violence. We explore the stigma associated with our workers asking for help and the importance of an intersectional approach to creating safe workplaces. Get started on your workplace approach Designing your workplace strategy Shift your workplace from simply having DFV policies and procedures to a more holistic workplace approach Learn more Creating a safe workplace culture Explore simple steps you can implement today to create a workplace where staff feel safe and included Learn more Taking an intersectional approach Find out about the tools and resources available to take an intersectional approach in your response Download the tools and resources Addressing stigma for community services workers As an Industry we need to work together to address and remove the stigma associated with community services workers asking for help. Through consultation with Industry we know that often people who work in community services, particularly DFV services, feel that they shouldn’t need to ask for help. Workplaces can address this stigma through having a safe workplace culture and awareness raising. Sharing stories of community services workers who are experiencing DFV, from frontline workers through to people who are in more senior management roles, may help. Free Resources We have a suite of posters and flyers created in consultation with community services workers you can download and use in your workplace today to start the conversation. Get your free workplace resources This work was funded by the Queensland Government Department of Justice and Attorney-General Investing in Queensland Women program. Related Resources Industry Advice 11 May 2021 When Domestic and Family Violence Comes to Work Read more Industry Advice 01 July 2021 Domestic and Family Violence in the workplace Read more Major Program 13 July 2022 Domestic and Family Violence Workplace Strategy Read more Major Program 25 June 2021 Domestic and Family Violence and Industry Read more Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety. (2018). Violence against women: accurate use of key statistics (ANROWS Insights 05/2018). https://www.anrows.org.au/publication/violence-against-women-accurate-use-of-key-statistics/ Fair Work Ombudsman, (n.d.). Employer guide to domestic and family violence. Australian Government. https://www.fairwork.gov.au/leave/family-and-domestic-violence-leave/employer-guide-to-family-and-domestic-violence; McFerran, L. (2011). Safe at home, safe at work? National domestic violence and the workplace survey (2011). University of New South Wales, Gendered Violence Research Network. https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/documents McFerran, L. (2011). Safe at home, safe at work? National domestic violence and the workplace survey (2011). University of New South Wales, Gendered Violence Research Network. https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/documents Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse (ADFVC). (2011). Submission to Consolidation of Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Laws Discussion Paper. Access Economics. (2004); The cost of domestic violence to the Australian Economy. Report for the Australian Government’s Office of the Status of Women. Laing, L., & Bobic, N. (2002); Economic costs of domestic violence: Literature review. Sydney: Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of New South Wales. Pricewaterhouse Coopers. (2006); Driving the bottom line: Improving retention. http://www.pwc.com/en_US/us/hr-saratoga/assets/saratoga-improving-retention.pdf.