Workplace responses to DFV

About the network of workplaces and EAPs

The network of workplaces and employee assistance programs (EAPs) is committed to improving awareness of and responses to domestic and family violence.

The network is an informal, national network facilitated by Domestic Violence Service Management (DVSM), formed following an initial roundtable event designed by DVSM in May 2019. Participants in the network expressed interest in exploring the following challenges in responding to domestic and family violence (DFV):

  • Understanding scope and duty of care of organisations; what role does the workplace and EAP play in responding to an individual experiencing DFV? What role could/should each of these play?
  • Improving how organisations and EAPs support, not just what is offered in support of, people experiencing DFV.
  • First-responder support - identifying and providing support for workplace managers and EAP practitioners responding to people experiencing DFV.
  • Responding to people who use violence – how do organisations and EAPs respond to and support people using violence?
  • Managing complexity including: privacy and confidentiality; understanding where organisations, and individuals within them, fit in the broader ecosystem; and negotiating EAP contracts.

Participants include: Access EAP, AGL Energy, Assure Programs, Commonwealth Bank, Converge International, CSIRO, Employee Assistance Professionals Association Australasia, QBE, PwC, Sydney Water, Tabcorp. This list is point in time and not exhaustive or exclusive.

To connect with the network, or find out more, email the Sightlines team at DVSM.


Workplace Kit

Understanding and responding to employees experiencing domestic and family violence.

Workplace kit coming soon