Domestic violence – why it’s not just domestic

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November 25, 2017 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women which seeks to raise awareness of the various forms of violence women experience, including family and domestic violence. Please join us in marking this day and playing your part in responding to the problem.

Despite the name, domestic and family violence isn’t just domestic or limited to families. It’s an issue that touches many mothers, daughters, sisters and colleagues and it has impacts on all aspects of their lives – including when they’re at work.

And there’s an economic cost as well as a human one: KPMG estimates that violence against women and their children cost Australia $22 billion between 2015 and 2016.

Make work a community

Thankfully, forward-thinking businesses in Australia increasingly recognise that domestic violence is a workplace issue. Our case study outlines Commonwealth Bank’s whole-of-community response to the issue, and highlights five things you can do to support those affected:

  • Provide a safe place to work
  • Support those in crisis  
  • Champion gender equality   
  • Promote financial independence 
  • Influence public policy 

Members can read the full case study, and access other resources including our guide to leading practice.

Also read business consultant and survivor Lisa McAdams’s thoughts on how the simple act of listening can make a world of difference to someone struggling with domestic violence. And if you have ideas and strategies you’d like to share for case studies, please reach out to our Research Manager Cathy so she can tell your story.

Be the change

If you’d like to mark November 25, consider organising donations to shelters for people escaping domestic violence. Initiatives like Share the Dignity provide essentials for homeless women, many of whom have fled domestic violence.

DCA members can access our full library of resources on domestic violence.

Also see:

Our Watch

Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia

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