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. 


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



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.

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.


Business has a role in addressing domestic abuse – DCA Oration with Jess Hill

Media releases

Walkey award-winning investigative journalist and author, Jess Hill, addresses businesses about their role in addressing the complex issue of domestic abuse at Diversity Council Australia’s annual Anna McPhee Memorial Oration on Diversity & Inclusion.

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.


Why workplaces need to deal with domestic violence

Woman in shadow with hands over her face

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

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

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


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.

Coming events

05 Oct 2023

At this Gender Equality Network, we will look at the latest research on domestic and family violence and abuse and how workplaces can play a role in addressing the problem.

Webcasts from past events

26 Jul 2022

This Case Study Conversation deep dives into Aurecon’s approach to tackling workplace sexism and sexual harassment by encouraging bystander action.

31 May 2022

After a two year break due to COVID, we are proud to have brought you this special in-person event in Melbourne that honours the contribution of the late Anna McPhee, DCA’s former Chair and a passionate advocate for diversity and equal opportunity.