Family & Domestic Violence

The magnitude of the problem of family and domestic violence in Australia has only become apparent in recent years. With this realisation there has been an acknowledgement that society at large must work together to address this crisis. Employers can play a significant role in supporting and protecting victims of abuse. 

Helplines

If you are in immediate danger, call 000 for Police and Ambulance help.

 

1800RESPECT

1800RESPECT is a national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and information referral services. It's open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Their website also has a services directory.

1800RESPECT
1800 737 732

DCA Research

Myth Busting Domestic & Family Violence at Work

Myth Busting Domestic and Family Violence by Diversity Council Australia and Our Watch

This resource uses evidence to tackle some common myths about domestic and family violence, and provides tools and resources for Australian organisations to become leaders in prevention.

Other Research

Intersectionality Matters: Guide to engaging immigrant and refugee communities to prevent violence against women

The Intersectionality Matters Guide aims to help people and organisations develop violence prevention approaches, strategies and activities in a way that meaningfully engages immigrant and refugee communities.

Case Studies

Commonwealth Bank’s comprehensive strategy on domestic and family violence

Commonwealth Bank

In 2015, Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev led the organisation to develop a comprehensive strategy on domestic and family violence.

News

International Women’s Day: Australian businesses can lead on domestic violence crisis

Media releases

DCA and Our Watch have released a new guide that challenges the myth that domestic, family and intimate partner violence is not a workplace issue.

Domestic violence – why it’s not just domestic

News articles

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.

Election 2016: Where do the major parties stand on D&I?

Media releases

Diversity Council Australia has today released responses to its pre-election survey about policies the major parties would be taking to the election that support diversity and inclusion in Australian workplaces.

Perspectives

Why workplaces need to deal with domestic violence

Woman in shadow with hands over her face
Blog

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, observed November 25, we explore the importance of domestic violence policy in the workplace.

When Love Hurts

The Art of Inclusion. Episode 2: When Love Hurts - Domestic Violence through an LGBTIQ+ Lens
Podcasts

Our latest podcast episode explores domestic violence through the lens of LGBTIQ+ relationships.

A day in the life: living – and working – with domestic violence

Blog

Ahead of November 25, which marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, business consultant Lisa McAdams pens a powerful first-person account of what it’s like to live – and work – in the shadow of violence.

Webcasts from past events

11 May 2021

Workplace sexual harassment is not inevitable, it is not acceptable but it is preventable.

24 Nov 2020

Family and domestic violence doesn’t discriminate. It exists across Australia, and happens across all diverse communities, socio-economic groups and cultural backgrounds.