Domestic and Family Violence across Australian Workplaces

DFV event speakers - Lainie, Andrew, Astrid and Kate

Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is a serious and widespread problem in Australia. But despite increased understanding of DFV as a workplace issue, and mounting awareness of the need for workplaces to introduce policies that support employees, there has been an absence of information about the impact of DFV on the working lives of victim-survivors.

However, in October 2022 Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre released their report, From Workplace Sabotage To Embedded Supports: Examining the Impact of Domestic and Family Violence Across Australian Workplaces that revealed the experiences of 3,002 victim-survivors who worked in Australia while experiencing DFV.

At the next DCA Gender Equality Network we invite report co-author Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Lead Researcher at the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre at Monash University, to present the findings from their national survey.

Following Kate’s presentation, she will join a guest panel, led by Dr Virginia Mapedzahama, DCA Director of Member Education, to unpack:
  • The impact of DFV on employees,
  • The experiences of disclosing DFV at work,
  • The workplace policies and responses to DFV of 3 DCA members, and
  • The importance of creating a safe workplace culture and how to effect cultural change.
Our guest panel will include:
  1. Lainie Cassidy (she/her), Director – People & Inclusion at KPMG Australia,
  2. Andrew Tran (he/him), Diversity & Inclusion Director at PwC,
  3. Dr Astrid Perry OAM (she/her), Head of Women, Equity and Domestic and Family Violence at Settlement Services International (SSI), and
  4. Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon (she/her), Lead Researcher at the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and Professor of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University

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