Employers - what can you do?

Domestic abuse/violence affects the productivity of employees. It increases stress, employee absenteeism and turnover. Sometimes it results in workplace violence that threatens the safety of all employees. Therefore, developing a workplace response makes good business sense because it reduces abuse-related costs and enhances employee well-being and productivity.

People suffering domestic abuse can feel embarrassed and ashamed. This can inhibit them from speaking to their employers when it is affecting their work performance. Organisations can help and support by:

  • Listening to their employee in a non-judgemental way
  • Have a work place policy and procedure on domestic abuse/violence
  • Display domestic abuse/violence literature in relevant places
  • Ensure that they are kept safe in the work place from the abuser
  • Be understanding when they need time off work due to injuries or appointments
  • Ask them what you can do to help
  • Train relevant personnel on domestic abuse. Identify ways to risk assess and manage.

For more information contact your local Domestic Abuse Coordinator. Contact details can be found in the get help section.