[Employees, Contractors, Volunteers]
We encourage organisations and institutions to understand the importance of workplace responses in the context of a strategic holistic response to domestic, family and sexualised violence.
The response of the workplace is important to victims of domestic, family and sexualised violence for many possible reasons including their sense of self, social connections and safety. Importantly, having an income supports economic safety, keepings more options on the table for victims considering their future.
Between 55 and 70 per cent of people experiencing domestic and family violence are in the paid workforce.
UN Women, 2017, ‘Taking the first step: Workplace responses to domestic and family violence'.
- Reflect on the Futures Framework
- Follow the Leadership Roadmap
- Implement the Support Menu (Workplace Focus)
The Insight Exchange Reflections Kit collates the resources featured in the Foundations and Foundations Applied.
Workplace Responses Resources for Leaders and Managers:
Workplace Insights Paper
Insights Paper: Experiences and perceptions of workplace responses to domestic and family violence.
This report is designed to inform and support the reflections of workplaces and employee assistance program (EAP) providers.
Example excerpts from the Insights Paper:
Key results from the employee survey
- Approximately half of employees who responded to the survey did not know if their employer had a DFV policy
- The majority of employees experiencing DFV did not choose to disclose this to their employer
- Of the 34 per cent that did disclose, most disclosed to their manager or a colleague
- People who disclosed found it difficult to do so
- Fifty six per cent described the experience of disclosing with negative, mixed or neutral sentiments.
Asked what they’d most like us to influence about workplace responses to DFV, respondents’ top three wishes were for
- People in the workplace to be compassionate and non judgmental
- Workplaces to provide more, or better, tangible support and
- Improved understanding and awareness of domestic and family violence
Workplace Scenarios Kit
The Workplace Scenarios Kit is designed to provide practical support to organisations as they assess their existing and potential responses to experiences of domestic and family violence. It complements the Futures Framework and other Insight Exchange materials designed to inform and support responders.
The Kit brings together extracts from lived experience narratives (as a possible proxy for employees) with real world scenarios to reveal what is (and is not) in place in your workplace to support the needs of individual employees who may seek support. It will guide organisations to establish their essential mechanisms for responding to domestic and family violence through listening, language and policies.
Workplace Intranet Content Guide
The Workplace Intranet Content Guide is designed to support organisations in their intranet communication about workplace responses to domestic, family and sexualised violence. The guide is not exhaustive or conclusive. It is designed to support reflection and review of what your organisation has in place already, how that might need to be adapted, and what might be missing. Listening mechanisms to hear from people with lived experience will inform how and where further refinements can be made in your workplace responses.
Workplace and EAP Intersection
Workplace Response Resources
Other workplace related resources developed by Insight Exchange are outlined below.
Short Guide: Responding to domestic and family violence during and beyond COVID-19: A guide for workplaces
Archive of workplace response resources
Workplace Kit: Understanding and responding to employees experiencing domestic and family violence. A Workplace Kit (including the Insights Paper, Follow My Lead and My Safety Kit) was launched on 19th February 2020 with 46 individuals attending from 27 different organisations. Read the feedback comments from attendees at the launch. The 3 resources in the workplace kit are are accessible as distinct resources and Follow My Lead and My Safety Kit are published as new editions.