RECOGNISING AND RESPONDING TO FAMILY VIOLENCE

If there is violence, break the silence

Family violence is a serious problem. Like many other workplace health and wellbeing issues, family violence can affect a business and its bottom line.
What happens at home can affect people’s performance at work. More and more employers are recognizing that the personal well-being of employees is important to an organization’s success and are implementing family violence policies in their workplaces. Addressing an issue that affects productivity, safety and liability makes good business sense. It also demonstrates good corporate citizenship in the community. As well, employers who have implemented family violence policies report an unanticipated benefit: an increase in staff morale. Employees appreciate this demonstration of concern for their health and wellbeing.

WORKSHOP OUTCOMES

The workshop provides guidance and support for workplaces in developing organisational responses to family violence experienced by staff. Participants will be equipped to understand the impact of family violence on individuals and workplaces, recognise and respond to staff who are experiencing family violence, understand the limitations of their role, and develop organisational workplace policies to support staff.
This workshop is for HR professionals, managers, workplace equal opportunity contact officers, and any other staff who have a leadership role to play in their workplace responding to family violence.

Participants will be able to identify the full extent of family violence, its impact and how to support victims within an organisational context. The program covers:

  • Understanding of what constitutes family violence.
  • The signs, patterns and effects of family violence.
  • The breadth and scope of family abuse and its impact on victims.
  • Good practice in advising and supporting those experiencing abuse within  their intimate relationships.
  • Practical tips on how to respond appropriately to adults who have experienced family violence.
  • Family violence legislation.
  • Appropriate referral options/supports – ways the workplace can respond to employees who are victims of family violence.
  • Taking a proactive role/understanding the problem.
  • Providing information to employees.
  • Offering referrals to local services.
  • Practice prevention – comprehend the family violence data and the impacts on the workplace and the broader community.
  • Myths and facts.
  • Who are the victims of family violence?
  • Understanding victims of family violence – themes and variations.
  • Stages of change.
  • What would you do if you were a victim?
  • Who are the abusers?                                                                                                                                                                              

Our workshop will emphasise that organisational and staff responses should be appropriate to employment, legislative, policy and cultural contexts. It also provides participants with the judgement skills to balance organisational needs with individual needs. 

To find out more

Contact Liz Kelly on 1300 971 805 or email lizkelly@tlconsult.com.au