What you can do

Here are some examples of how you can put an end to domestic and family violence (DFV) in your workplace.

Take the pledge

Get involved

  • Use the DFV Prevention Policy Guide (PDF, 206 KB) to assist in the development of a DFV Workplace Policy for your organisation.
  • Facilitate a staff information session about DFV by using the DFV Staff Presentation (PPTX, 705 KB) resource to outline what DFV is, why it's relevant to your organisation, and provide some basic tips to help staff recognise it and respond.
  • Get involved in Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month each May.
  • Hold a morning or afternoon tea to raise awareness among staff about the issue. Show videos and distribute brochures. Staff may even be inspired to work as a team to raise awareness among clients and the community.
  • Hold a community fundraiser such as a competition, auction, concert, breakfast, dinner or exhibition.
  • Facilitate DFV forums and workshops. These could focus on DFV support targeted to diverse groups with the aim to engage a wide range of stakeholders and community to network, cross educate and provide a better knowledge of services available.
  • Use sporting events to promote messaging on DFV prevention.
  • Download and distribute the DFV referral information (PDF, 80 KB) and contact card (PDF, 61 KB) detailing how to assist an individual seeking help relating to a DFV matter and support service numbers.
  • Distribute our brochures and help cards to staff. Order extra copies and leave them in the kitchen or break room so staff can read them and learn about DFV as well as where to get help.

Improve your workplace

  • Explore a number of helpful resources by:
    • CEO Challenge helps workplaces to recognise the signs of domestic violence and how to respond to it appropriately
    • MATE Bystander Program is an education and intervention program on how to prevent violence and harmful behaviour
    • White Ribbon provides a number of resources to engage men to be part of the social change
    • DV Work Aware offers comprehensive workplace training
    • Allison Baden-Clay Foundation seek to create an Australia that is committed to eliminating DFV
    • Our Watch driving nationwide change in culture, behaviours and power imbalances that lead to violence against women and their children
  • Introduce and promote workplace policies on violence prevention and support employees affected by domestic violence.
  • Refer to the Queensland Government’s DFV workplace support package which is available for local government, business and non-government organisations to tailor to their workplace.
  • Create a workplace culture where employees feel confident to do something if they see or hear sexist, harassing, discriminatory or other types of behaviours and attitudes that underpin violence against women.
  • If your business provides a service that could help people leave an abusive situation or start over, consider working with a local support service to make your service available free of charge. CEO Challenge can assist you to form a partnership.
  • Media organisations can depict DFV in ways that create a better understanding of the nature of the problem, as well as best represent ways to respond. See the Queensland Government media guidelines or visit Our Watch for more information.

What other workplaces have done

Get help for employees experiencing DFV

 

Where to get help

If you are in immediate danger, phone the police on Triple Zero (000).

For help and advice: