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Domestic Violence and Your Workplace: Impacts and solutions

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Domestic Violence and Your Workplace: Impacts and solutions

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Venue LIV, Level 13, 140 William Street, Melbourne View Map

The Law Institute of Victoria is proud to sponsor Law Week.

Public Event. Domestic and family violence is a real issue for Australian workers, and their employers. In Australia, 1 in 6 women aged 15 or above have experienced domestic or family violence, and 68% of those women are employed in an Australian workplace.  In addition to its social cost, domestic and family violence is projected to cost the Australian economy an estimated $15.6 billion in 2021–22. In 2004, it reportedly cost the corporate and business sectors over $1.5 billion through direct costs.

View the video overview with Zana Bytheway, CEO Jobwatch and presenter.

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    Domestic and family violence is a real issue for Australian workers, and their employers. In Australia, 1 in 6 women aged 15 or above have experienced domestic or family violence, and 68% of those women are employed in an Australian workplace.  In addition to its social cost, domestic and family violence is projected to cost the Australian economy an estimated $15.6 billion in 2021–22. In 2004, it reportedly cost the corporate and business sectors over $1.5 billion through direct costs.

    For employees, having a supportive workplace can provide employees with much needed financial independence and security during a very difficult time.

    For employers, having policies and procedures in place to assist their employees navigate family and domestic violence can reduce absenteeism, and improve workplace productivity.

    In this interactive panel discussion, learn from workplace relations lawyers about how employees can navigate the workplace laws in place to support them while experiencing domestic or family violence. Employers can learn about legal compliance and how to develop best practices to support their employees experiencing domestic or family violence.

  • For employees:
    • How do I talk to my employer about domestic or family violence?
    • How do I access family and domestic violence leave?
    • What if I need to take time away from work to speak to the police, see a lawyer, go to court or move house?
    • I’m worried – what if my employer refuses the flexible work arrangements I need? What if I lose my job?
  • For employers:
    • One of my employees is experiencing violence. What should I do?
    • What is the law around family and domestic violence and the workplace?
    • How can I create a supportive workplace for my employees experiencing domestic and family violence?
    • What policies and procedures should I have in place?