Institute launches Family Violence Workplace Support Policy

Institute launches Family Violence Workplace Support Policy

Illuminate newsletter, December 2016
December 2016

Kristy McKellar speaking to Institute staff
Ms Kristy McKellar visited the Institute to share her personal
story and help launch the Institute's Family Violence Workplace
Support Policy.

Domestic violence survivor and anti-violence advocate Ms Kristy McKellar has helped to launch the Institute’s Family Violence Workplace Support Policy.

Ms McKellar was invited to the Institute to share her personal story with an auditorium full of staff and students where she highlighted work being undertaken with the Attorney General’s Department and the Victorian police, to help strengthen family violence policies in Australia.

A workplace responsibility

Professor Doug Hilton said domestic violence was an issue that could not be overlooked by workplaces.

“All workplaces have a responsibility to ensure the health and well being of their workers."

“All workplaces have a responsibility to ensure the health and well being of their workers. Research indicates that a significant proportion of both male and female workers in Australia are subjected to family violence at any given time, with women experiencing the most severe and ongoing forms of abuse,” Professor Hilton said.

Supporting the Institute family

Professor Hilton said caring for the Institute’s people was paramount to daily operations.

“Talking openly about this issue and introducing a formal policy is key to ensuring our Institute family is supported.

“The Family Violence Workplace Support Policy is firmly in place to offer help towards a path toward a life free from violence and its effects for those in need of this support,” Professor Hilton said. 

The purpose of the Institute's policy is to:

  • Promote a supportive workplace in which employees experiencing family violence can safely come forward for help and support; and

  • Guide the response of managers and supervisors to employees who report experiencing family violence.

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