March 2019 | Recognising Family Violence In The Workplace

Date: 8 March 2019

Source: VIC Premier

The Andrews Labor Government has introduced guidelines to recognise family violence as an issue of workplace safety and help employers support workers experiencing violence.

For too long, family violence was ignored as a private issue in the workplace. This new guideline recognises family violence as a workplace hazard – just like any other workplace health and safety issue.

All employers have a legal obligation to maintain a safe working environment, and these new guidelines will help them understand and recognise family violence, and put in place measures to help support workers experiencing family violence.

Sadly, it is common for family violence perpetrators to target women in the workplace, creating a health and safety risk. These new guidelines will help employers implement practical measures to protect against family violence incidents.

For example, this could include putting in place a call screening process to protect workers from threatening calls, or ensuring there is a safe room or area to retreat to, should a perpetrator show up at workplace and behave in a violent and intimidating manner.