Domestic and Family Violence is insidious and, when it makes its way into the workplace, brings with it decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, and presenteeism. It also puts a strain on the mental health of those involved. The cost of violence against women and their children in 2015-16 was $22 billion (KPMG Report – The Cost of Violence against Women and their Children in Australia, May 2016). And a 2011 study reported that Domestic and Family Violence affected the capacity to get to work of half of the victims. Financially, it makes sense to be able to identify and manage these issues.
Under workplace health and safety provisions, employers have a duty of care to employees. Organisations need to review how their policy and procedures handle Domestic and Family Violence and ensure staff train to deal with these sorts of situations.
This course could be part of your strategy to ensure that managers are on the same page; they have ticked the box from a compliance standard; and that they are also communicating to their employees from Day One that this organization commits to a safe working culture.