New resource tackles domestic violence

Australia leads the world in advising workers on their rights to be safe in their jobs from domestic violence. 

On Monday Minister Bill Shorten will launch a unique resource for workers about how to stay safe at work.

Almost a third of Australian workers, in a national survey, reported they had experienced domestic violence. Significant numbers also said it impacted their working lives, jeopardising workplace safety and the security of their ongoing employment. 

The Safe at Home, Safe at Work project has produced the new resource Keeping you and your job safe, with funding from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

 It answers a number of important questions for workers experiencing domestic violence: 

● Should I tell my boss? 

● What happens if I can’t make it to work? 

● If my job is at risk, what are my rights? 

● Who can I get information and advice from? 

There are now one million Australian workers able to access paid domestic violence leave. But we’ve still got a long way to go. 

Keeping you and your job safe provides important information that can be distributed by unions, government departments, community legal centres, working women’s centres and employment advice services, counsellors and health workers screening for domestic violence. 

This resource can be downloaded from www.dvandwork.unsw.edu.au via the Worker Information tab.

Printed copies can be ordered via email, i.walden@unsw.edu.au, or phone on (02) 9385 1733. 

Ludo McFerran,

national manager, 

Safe at Home, Safe at Work 

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