Signs of DV in the work­place

Busi­nesses key to help­ing break the cy­cle of vi­o­lence

Chinchilla News - - NEWS -

HAVE you no­ticed a col­league or co-worker who is skip­ping days at work, never hav­ing any money or be­ing con­stantly ha­rassed by their part­ner dur­ing the day?

If so, the rea­son could be more danger­ous than you re­alise. Cen­tacare, one of the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence coun­selling ser­vices of south-west Queens­land, has called for work­places to be­come sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ments to al­low vic­tims of DV to feel safer.

CSFSS co-or­di­na­tor Shel­ley Brad­ford said the cost of DV on the econ­omy was greater than peo­ple might think.

“Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence costs the Aus­tralian econ­omy $13.6 bil­lion this year, ei­ther di­rectly or in­di­rectly,” she said.

“It im­pacts on the health care sys­tem, le­gal sys­tem as well as work and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

“It can no longer re­main be­hind closed doors.”

Ms Brad­ford said the signs to look out for can be var­ied and at times seem in­signif­i­cant.

“We have an op­por­tu­nity to sup­port women who are im­pacted by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in the work­place,” she said.

“We need to be aware of the signs to look out for. Things like a co-worker be­ing con­tacted ex­ces­sively by their part­ner and her re­ac­tions to those calls. Does she look and sound stressed?

“Be­ing dropped off at work and picked up ev­ery day – might be that this is nec­es­sary, or it may be a way of iso­lat­ing her from oth­ers by con­trol­ling who she’s in­ter­act­ing with.

“Does she have ac­cess to money for cof­fee or work re­lated ex­penses, does she take a lot of leave?”

Em­ploy­ers also have a large role to play to help vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

She said the key re­spon­si­bil­ity of em­ploy­ers or man­agers fo­cused on cre­at­ing a safe and non-dis­crim­i­na­tory work en­vi­ron­ment, par­tic­u­larly stamp­ing out sex­ism or ha­rass­ment in the work­place.

“If they [vic­tims] be­lieve they are sup­ported, they are more likely to break free from the vi­o­lence,” she said.

“We need to cre­ate a cul­ture where it’s en­cour­aged to stand up and say that some­thing isn’t okay.

“Em­ploy­ees should be en­cour­aged to speak up.”

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