THE ECG DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE TOOLKIT
The Ethical Consulting Group (ECG) recognises that workplaces have an important role in preventing and responding to domestic and family violence in our communities. Indeed, employers have a legal responsibility to create safe work environments. But beyond this, workplaces significantly influence our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours in both our personal and professional lives.
To reduce violence, workplace cultures need to reject sexism and discriminatory attitudes, confront organisational practices that devalue, exclude or marginalise women and support increasing the number of female leaders.
The role of violence in our society is a complicated one, we know that while men overall experience more violence than women, men also use most of the violence. What is clear is both men and women have an enormous amount to gain from reducing violence in our community.
Women’s experiences of violence, even if occurring in the home, impact on the workplace. By implementing programs and policies to prevent violence against women, workplaces stand to benefit through increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, decreased staff turnover and improved staff health and wellbeing. According to estimates, Australian employers are losing $1.3 billion annually as a result of violence against women.
The ECG family violence tool kit provides a range of guidance materials, for employees and managers, to support employees who are experiencing domestic and family violence.
The three principles that underpin the ECG response to employees who have experienced or are experiencing domestic and family violence are – support, confidentiality and safety.
The ECG will support employees experiencing domestic and family violence by providing paid leave and a range of flexible workplace arrangements.
The ECG understands how difficult it can be for people to disclose that they are experiencing domestic and family violence. As such, any disclosure by an employee will be treated with the highest possible level of confidentiality.
The ECG is committed to promoting, achieving and maintaining the highest levels of health and safety for all employees. Where there is a real or perceived possibility of a safety threat at an employee’s place of work, appropriate steps will be taken to ensure the safety of the affected employee and their colleagues.
The Toolkit materials listed below are available on this page:
- ECG Domestic and Family Violence Policy
- Leave for domestic and family violence purposes
- Guide to responding to domestic and family violence
- Domestic and family violence: where to get help guide